Self-esteem is essentially about capacity, whereas self-worth is about value. Self-esteem is, fundamentally, therefore of little use in the absence of self-worth. This is why the pursuit of self-esteem can be premature and yield short-lived, superficial results
Self-love, or an internal recognition of one’s value, should ideally be anchored in an innate sense of oneself as valuable and lovable; it is not enough that it be predicated merely on being ‘good’ at this or that, or ‘favoured’ by this or that individual or group e.g. in recognition of our efforts/abilities in particular areas
We absolutely are, in a moral sense, ostensibly ‘the sum of our actions’; however, whilst this is how we may define our moral identity, this is but one component of our essential being. Stong, sustainable self-worth reflects a deeper/broader knowledge of oneself that may centre on an appreciation of our core psychology, and related values e.g. one’s ‘character’, but is not limited to our conduct or achievements e.g. within the domain of moral behaviour
In focusing too heavily on self-esteem boosting endeavours one can place too much emphasis on building self-acceptance in relation to tokenistic, transient, external factors, indulge vices like pride/egotism, and indeed miss out on opportunities to bolster self-worth through introspection e.g. relating to contemplating upstream processes such as "I am interested in self-improvement, therefore I am an admirable soul"
Every human being out there has value, and all have the capacity to love themselves – we need to rediscover the sort of simple, infantile sense of unconditional love and security that we associate with early years maternal love/support and imprint it in the ‘parental voice’ of our psyches: "I am valuable, I am worthy of love"
Let yourself begin to believe - you were created with unique, intrinsic value!
Link: How To Build Self Worth