Self-acceptance is a critical part of learning to love who and what you see in the mirror every single day – the How to Love Your Reflection philosophy that drives these blog posts and my business.
Many of us have NOT been exposed to the concept of self-acceptance – and sometimes our society doesn’t encourage self-acceptance either. No matter who you are or what you’ve been through, if you cannot regard your individual experiences positively, it will be challenging for you to embrace the true you.
Do you find it difficult to accept the person you are? Maybe you feel uncomfortable about being so different from everyone else in your circle, at your job, or in your community. Alternatively, perhaps you find yourself so similar in experience and talents to other people you know and interact with that you believe you’re boring.
Either way, it’s time to start to recognize that your special variety of character traits which uniquely combine to create a one and only, very special, individual you.
Although there are many ways to accept and embrace who you are, consider out these strategies to help you open your arms (and your mind) to the amazing individual you are:
- Take note of your habits. What kind of habits do you practice? Do you floss your teeth every night and consistently wash dishes as soon as you dirty them? Is your bedtime and time for arising always the same?
Understand what’s important to you by noticing the behaviors and actions you routinely perform. In a sense, your habits are your “trademark.”
- Describe your personality in detail. A wonderful technique for embracing your individuality is to think deeply about the type of person you are. If you had to describe yourself to another human being, what words would you use?
Maybe you’re always in a hurry or like to keep a very clean house. Perhaps you have a lot of friends and are quite gregarious.
Write down your description of yourself and be as thoughtful and thorough about your personality characteristics as you can. You’re worth the time this strategy will take.
If you’re not quite sure where to begin with your personality description and characteristics, check out my self-study course “Aligning Your Inner and Outer Beauty” HERE. Words have an incredible amount of power – and it’s time to put that power to work FOR you!
This course will empower you to leave negative and limiting thoughts (and the negative terms you may have formerly used to describe yourself) behind and take the first step on a new self-development journey today with your own copy of Aligning Your Inner and Outer Beauty – a combination of audio files and worksheets that will help you choose a new self-definition.
- What is so great about you? Of course, you have your own special blend of positive qualities, like being a good listener, having a good sense of humor, and being dependable for others. Take deliberate and specific notice of those positive qualities!
- Identify your biggest struggles. What challenges you? If you’re ever stumped about how to handle a situation, describe those situations on paper. Getting a handle on what taxes you the most increases your self-awareness, and may help you discover steps to solutions you can implement right away.
- Work to improve how you handle your biggest struggles. Yes, identification is great but tackling each challenge one by one to experience success in those areas is very important to do for yourself. Why? Because you’ll see that you can overcome anything you set your mind to. Delve into self-improvement to learn more about the unique person you are.
- Remind yourself that you’re a decent human being. In order to embrace your individuality, you must accept who you are. Learning to love yourself and take yourself as you are is a great aid to loving and encouraging others. Sure, you have flaws, but who doesn’t?
Keep in mind that recognizing you’re okay doesn’t mean you can’t work to improve. In fact, accepting your foibles and less-than-perfect characteristics can help you improve.
- Vow to embrace who you are every single day by starting each day with self-love. It’s a new day. You have opportunities to experience discoveries about yourself and who you are. Consider the unfolding day as a venue to keep learning more and more about yourself.
Actively work each day to love your individuality – who and what you see in the mirror every single day. Notice your habits. Stay in close touch with the elements of your personality. Know what is great about you as well as what kinds of things challenge you.
Embracing your individuality and accepting yourself for exactly who you are will enrich your life in ways you may not be able imagine right at this moment, but which are ultimately well worth the journey.