Sunday, July 29, 2007
Tip#76: Rebuilding Your Self-Worth, Part 3 - The Sixth Sense
Confirmation of Your Value
Rebuilding your self-worth takes time just like any long lasting structure like the great pyramids of Egypt. And when you fully re-energize your sense of value your self-confidence automatically gets pumped up. You will feel worthy to receive success. You will radiate so much positive energy that the world will be attracted to the light coming from you.
I often get asked how I've promoted my motivational services. I always say by word of mouth. They sometimes looked stunned and ask again because some believe that success has to come from spending a lot of money. That is just one paradigm of thinking. Creating a buzz with little to no budget and a strong sense of self-worth is the paradigm I subscribe to!
One of the most important things I learned from my father was to make the most of what I had. So since I had little to no income for the past several years I made the most of what I had to promote my new services as a motivator. I went back to the basics and told one friend and they told one friend and so on and so on…
I then discovered the highly effective communicating power of email and the internet as a resource to further promote myself. I also took inventory of the already existing support from my family, friends and previous business contacts. In the end they all responded and provided help because they saw the value of what I was doing. And they were able to see it only because I put in the time necessary in rebuilding my self-worth after my mid-life crisis hit back in 2000.
And though it may take months or years to rebuild a sense of value in your personality, ideas, interests, skills and gifts the end results will be worth it. Your self-confidence will shine to help create a word of mouth buzz for the value you can offer.
At its core the word of mouth buzz is the ultimate confirmation that you truly have value to others. Your value will be communicated in such a clear and direct way that people will connect on an emotional level. They'll be drawn to the value that makes them feel good and add further value to their own lives. And they will even be willing to pay to have it.
The Sixth Sense (1999) Phenomenon
Chuck Viane, Disney head of distribution says the movie The Sixth Sensetook off the old-fashioned way: Word got around that it was a great movie.
The Disney movie, The Sixth Sensestarring Bruce Willis is a great example of word of mouth success. Firstly the movie studios did not give the movie a big promotional budget. Plus it was being released at the same time as Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menacein 1999. That film had been heavily publicized for months in every media possible and, of course, had a built-in audience since 1977. How could a little horror movie like The Sixth Sensecompete?
Well it didn't need to compete. It had such strong word of mouth buzz that The Sixth Sensecame in 2nd after Star Wars Episode 1as the top box-office earners of 1999. The Sixth Sensebeat out movies like 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me', 'Toy Story 2' and 'The Matrix'. The movie was referred to as a sleeper.
Sleeper: n. 1. A previously disregarded person or thing that unexpectedly achieves success, assumes importance, etc. 2. The Sixth Sense.
That definition was how Colin Jacobson introduced his online review in dvdmg.com. He felt that The Sixth Senseperfectly defines a movie that's a sleeper. The film almost literally came out of nowhere to become the second-highest grossing picture of 1999. The movie simply had a lot of entertainment value to moviegoers. It had a riveting script, amazing film making, engaging performances and a much talked about twist ending. People were drawn to the value and were willing to pay more than once to see it again.
So if you are feeling down from low self-esteem look at yourself as a sleeper. See yourself as a butterfly, a sleeper in a cocoon as you take inventory of all that is meaningful in your life to rebuild your self-worth. Believe that you are worthy to receive success in your life, relationships and career. And when you emerge your self-confidence will unfold like wings and then you too can be a sleeper success story.
Your value in yourself will be free of doubt and will become a powerful magnet attracting others who will want to help you achieve your goals or show you that they appreciate and want what you can offer. They'll do it because they believe in you. And they'll believe only because you believed in yourself first.
Always remember you have value. The world needs you. Your ideas, your personality, your gifts, skills, beliefs, passions and personal interests all have value. Keep believing and then the word of mouth buzz will help make all your dreams come true!
"Self-worth comes from one thing - thinking that you are worthy."
"When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it."
Mark Victor Hansen
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