Ever Consider What You Love About Yourself? Think It’s Overrated? Presumptuous? Rude? Well, If You’re Looking To Create Change It Starts In The Mirror, And Some Self Love May Be Just What’s Necessary To Succeed.
It’s not always easy to focus on the good things about ourselves, especially when we’re having a hard time or going through a rough patch. We can get caught up in negative thoughts and negative self-talk, which can take a toll on our mental health. With the constant stream of perfection that we see on social media, it’s easy to feel like we’re not good enough. But the truth is, we all have amazing things about us that make us worthy of love and acceptance.
In this post we are going to give an example of a way to identify and express the love that you have for yourself. For so long we have become conditioned to downplay ourselves. By making our own self small, somehow it illustrates humility shows others that they can have full permission to be bigger than one’s own self. If ever the expression of success, prosperity, talent, skill, beauty, intelligence, and even just sheer happiness happens then accusations such as being selfish or boastful, conceited, arrogant, or rude come into play. Some people go through their whole lives denying their true nature and purpose to avoid these tags and accusations. What a shame!
So hear this…
Take one of those accusations – being selfish – and think about it for a moment. One person accuses another of being selfish because the accused will not do what the other needs, wants, or desires from them… So tell me, WHO is being “selfish?” The truth is that we are all selfish and so we should be! This life is ours and we are really supposed to be living it to the fullest. However, too many times we get way too wrapped up in what others need, want, and expect from us. If those expectations are what light you up then great! But if you are constantly doing for others and it’s draining every drop of energy from you then there is a much different conversation that needs to be had.
You are a human BEING not a human DOING. If someone were to ask you what you love about yourself and the only thing you could come up with is how you perform for others then it’s high time to do some digging around in that big, beautiful heart of yours. One way to do that is to write yourself a letter or at very least create a list with the topic being “What do I love about myself?” So much can be told from this information. If you have difficulty participating in this activity, think of what you admire and love in others. The significance there is the fact that you would not be able to pick up on those things if you did not employ them within yourself first. Betcha might not have known that little nugget of info…. [Insert big smile and a wink here.]
So below is an example of a letter written to one’s self identifying and illustrating what they love about themselves. Read it and take it in with an open mind and an open heart. If you identify with what’s in this letter then please feel free to adopt it as your own!
Dearest Self –
One thing that I love about myself is my great sense of humor. I can always find the funny side of a situation, even on my bad days. This helps me to get through difficult times and brings joy to those around me. I also consider myself to be a good friend. I’m loyal, a good listener, and there for my friends when they need me. In fact, I think being a good friend is one of the most important things in life.
Another thing that I love about myself is that I’m always up for trying new things and stepping outside of my comfort zone. I believe that life is all about learning and growing, and trying new things is a great way to do that. It can be scary at times, but the sense of accomplishment and the new experiences that come from it make it all worth it.
I also have a lot of positive qualities that I’m proud of. I’m a good person who tries to do good deeds and help others whenever I can. I have excellent taste in books, music, and movies, and I’m a great cook. I have a strong work ethic and am always willing to put in the time and effort to get things done.
One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that self-love is a journey, and it’s not always easy. There have been times when I’ve struggled with low self-esteem or negative body image, but I’ve learned that it’s important to focus on the positive things about myself and to practice self-love every day. Whether it’s through positive affirmations, loving-kindness meditation, or simply taking the time to appreciate the little things I do my best to participate in activities such as those daily. Moreover, self-love worksheets have been a great way to help me focus on the good things about myself. I will continue that activity.
I am important.
I am enough.
I am as perfect right now as I will ever be.
I am capable.
I am worthy.
I totally belong.
I am a powerful creator who has a beautiful inner voice that’s ready to sing! At the end of the day my very own positive view of myself is what matters most because that’s the energy I get to put out into the world. Letting my true self shine is critical to my own happiness as I dance along on my own journey. Let the difficult situations come! I will embrace them as opportunities to grow and evolve.
I love me, my own life, and my positive attitude. I love myself unconditionally!
With truest love, always and forever –
In the end, the most important thing is to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. That means taking care of our physical and mental health, building healthy relationships, and living a meaningful life. It also means being kind and loving to ourselves and others, and not getting caught up in the impossible standards that society sometimes sets for us.
So the next time you’re having a difficult time or feeling down, try making a list of things that you love about yourself. It might be hard at first, but the more you focus on the positive things, the easier it will become AND the easier it will be for great things to make their way to you. And remember, you are worthy of love and acceptance, just as you are. So be kind to yourself, and take the time to appreciate all of the amazing things that make you who you are.
If you truly struggle with self-love we would love to hear from you. Sometimes it’s just the gentlest shifts in perspective that can activate a world of change.
Where are you along this journey? Do you see the significance and impact expressing self love can have? Please let us know in the comments section. Shine on, sweet soul! Shine on.
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