Do You Like Yourself?

Not everyone likes themselves all the time. In reality, most of us seesaw between liking and not liking ourselves.

Wouldn't life be so much more fun if we maintained a positive and optimistic perspective of ourselves? I'm not talking about being egotistical, but I am talking about having a healthy confidence in who you are.

If you get stuck in a habit of becoming overly self-conscious, you'll form a pattern of putting yourself down much more easily. This type of "inward-looking" focus will prevent you from seeing the potential that's all around you.

Operating from a place of self-bashing, false guilt, inferiority, pity, or lack of personal acceptance, and you just might be at risk of repelling others. Your relationships will suffer, you'll be less productive, and your deeds won't bear fruit.

Adopting a confident and optimistic attitude, on the other hand, will allow you to attract others, become more productive, and find more joy in daily living. One of the keys to enjoying life is accepting yourself. If you can accept your flaws as well as your strengths, you'll be more apt to overlook the faults of others and see their strengths too. You'll become the type of person others like to be around.

Whatever personae you decide to adopt is most likely what will be reflected toward others.

Choosing to love yourself unconditionally requires rejecting negative self-talk and overcoming the criticism or insults thrown at you from others. It may take work, but it's worth the effort to always focus on the good in yourself.

Here are a few tips that may help you break negative habits so you can like yourself more:

  • Refuse personal name-calling and self-criticism.

  • Identify your strengths and develop them.

  • Say good things to yourself about yourself.

  • Refuse to compare yourself.

  • Don't mimic others, be willing to be unique.

  • Focus on what is working.

  • Remind yourself of past successes.

  • Employ self-care including a good diet and exercise.

  • Celebrate your accomplishments.

My challenge for you this week:

Take a few moments today to answer the following questions:

  1. What are your most cherished accomplishments?

  2. What positive self-statements can you always tell yourselves?

  3. What strengths do you possess that can be enhanced to position you for a better life-relationships, career, business?

Once you answer these 3 questions, you'll realize there are a lot of things about you to love and enjoy!

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