Exploring the
Self-worth approach

What holds us back from growth and change?

I first began to appreciate the value of the role self-worth plays in unlocking personal power as I faced up to a debilitating addiction in 2006. I was drowning in feelings of intense shame and self-loathing that had to be addressed before I could recover, regroup, and contribute to the world as my full self again.

I’m delighted to say that committing myself to this goal changed everything in my life.

In the many years since, in my work as a Consultant and Business Mentor I noticed that, no matter how talented the individual, how valuable their work, there were still many people who procrastinated and self-sabotaged, holding themselves back from all they could be.

As I dug below the surface I found the common threads were a lack of self-belief, constant comparison, a sense of being an imposter, a feeling that they, or their ideas, did not really “measure up”, that they were not enough.

Step into your Zone of Genius

When we feel this way, we remain stuck in our zone of competence, and even our zone of excellence, but we rarely experience living and working in our zone of genius, contributing to the world at 100% of our potential.

In my experience, a deep connection to our unique, innate self-worth throws opens the door to this opportunity and the Centre for Self-Worth was created to provide inspiration, encouragement and practical guidance to people who want to unlock their more in their work, business, teams, communities, and relationships – across all of the life domains.


Angela Raspass,
Founder of the CFSW


Traditional approaches to helping people to thrive have focused on improving self-esteem to build confidence and self-efficacy. This philosophy builds reliance on external validation, a temporary fix that demands constant top-ups, a distracting and draining dance.

In contrast, utilising a self-worth approach, where you develop an unconditional loyalty, friendship and a strong internal support foundation is enduring and sustainable, providing an infinitely stronger base for growth, innovation and focus.


Common symptoms seen when self-worth is low


Actions and experiences

  • Constantly seeking to prove your credibility (e.g. getting “just one more” qualification).
  • Boisterous, talking all the time, needing to be the centre of attention.
  • Doing, doing… over-servicing, not being able to pause or rest
  • Significant procrastination: unable to take action, feeling drained and flat.
  • Stuck in the Comparison Trap – constantly feeling less than or better than others.
  • Finding it difficult to charge for your services at a market rate
  • A lack of discernment – which sees you pursuing things you don’t really want.
  • Stifled by perfectionism, unable to share your ideas with the world
  • Seeking constant external validation for your ideas and work

Feelings and emotions

  • A demanding and critical inner voice that makes you feel inadequate
  • Constantly trying to impress other people to gain their approval or keep them happy
  • Protracted periods of feeling sad, resigned or hopeless for no apparent reason
  • Unmotivated – a disconnection from a sense of purpose or personal vision
  • Susceptible to Impostor syndrome – doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud
  • Feeling deeply wounded by setbacks, rejection or criticism, holding grudges
  • A tendency towards victimhood, blaming others and bad luck for your circumstances
  • Feeling as though you do not belong, as though you are on the fringes and not truly included

The Self-Worth Trilogy

I developed The Self-Worth Trilogy to share the foundational ideas that had first helped me connect with the self-worth approach. I introduced this model into my business mentoring as I created a unique blend of strategy and self-worth for my business mentoring.

Over time, this model has been expanded from my appointment as an Associate of the Global Self Worth Academy, based in Portugal, and my research and studies in Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Acceptance Commitment Training, Instinctive Drives profiling and more. The Self-Worth Continuum, an orientation tool, is one of the results of this work.


The Self-Worth Continuum

Self-Worth Continuum

Self-worth connection is not an absolute state. It can fluctuate with your environment, mood, physical and mental well-being, oscillating from the negative states of self-loathing and self-limiting thoughts and behaviours, right through self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-belief.

It is your ability to ascertain where you are sitting at any moment in time, to recognise the inherent challenge and then quickly select and utilise the key tools, practices and skills that lift you up the continuum that is at the heart of self-worth reconnection.

The focus of The Centre for Self-Worth is to educate and empower you with the self-worth approach as a sustainable avenue to maximising potential.

Our workshops, programs and retreats have resilience building at their core, empowering you to bounce back when you encounter the inevitable curveballs thrown by of our complex, uncertain, and demanding world.

We believe before you can lead others, before you can build businesses and create communities, before you can grow and expand into your full potential, you need to recognise, own and appreciate your uniqueness.

It’s never a question of are you worthy, it’s only ever how will you express your worth.



Founder of The Centre For Self Worth

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