Self-acceptance means loving yourself as you are
Often, when I first introduce the idea of self-acceptance to a client they'll tell me that they’ve always thought of self-acceptance in a negative way - to them, it means not trying hard enough or letting themselves off the hook.
No matter how many times I hear this it always gives me a little tinge of sadness because I know how much they’ve been missing out.
But it’s also a turning point. By looking at what self-acceptance really means, and how they can start practising it, they can begin their journey to a much more confident and happier life.
It’s such a great feeling to see them do that!
What Self-Acceptance Really Means
Self-acceptance means loving yourself as you are: your strengths, your weaknesses and all that comes in between. It means being completely comfortable in your own skin. It means rather than regretting your flaws, you see these as interesting challenges; things you can work on to lead a more fulfilling and confident life.
You Will Make Your Relationships Better By Accepting Yourself First
If you often rely on others to make you feel good enough, you’ll end up feeling rejected and unhappy. This isn’t because other people are unkind; it's simply because they’re human beings who have good days, stressful days and their own needs to focus on.
When you stop chasing after approval from others and start providing it for yourself, you’ll feel much more confident and at ease– that means you’ll feel more confident and at ease with others too - so your relationships will automatically improve.
When you stop chasing after approval from others and start loving and accepting yourself as you are, you’ll feel much more confident and at ease. Rather than having to rely on your relationships to make you feel okay about yourself, those relationships become an added extra.
You’ll feel more confident and at ease with those people so your relationships will automatically improve.
If you've been thinking of self-acceptance as a negative thing, it's time to take a fresh perspective. Start allowing yourself to be the wonderful human being that you are with all your facets.
Don't judge and criticise yourself for any flaws or mistakes. Just see these as interesting opportunities to work on your personal development.
And as always to my lovely community, much kind love 🙂
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