Do you find it difficult to recognize and accept the person you are? Maybe you feel uneasy or uncomfortable about being so different from everyone else in your social or personal circle. Perhaps you find yourself so similar to others to the point that you believe you’re boring.
Or just maybe, you’ve fallen into believing some element of popular wisdom about who and what you are, based on your experiences, status, gender or race, or where you live that prevents you from being your best.
Either way, it’s time to recognize and accept that your special variety of character traits combine to create a one and only, very unique you, and there are many facets to you.
Although there are many ways to accept and embrace who you are, check out these strategies to open your arms to the amazing, interesting and unique individual you are:
1. 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 you routinely do. In a sense, your habits are your “trademark.”
2. Describe your personality in detail. A wonderful technique to help you embrace your individuality is to think deeply and analytically 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, making things happen, or like to keep a very clean house with everything in it’s place. Perhaps you have a lot of friends and are quite the conversationalist.
* Write down your description of yourself and be as positive, thoughtful and thorough about your personality characteristics as you can. You’re worth the time this strategy will take, and it can even help you recognize some of your strengths.
3. What is great about you? 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 note of them and be aware of them.
4. Identify your biggest struggles. What challenges you? If you’re ever stumped about how to handle a specific situation, describe that situation on paper. Getting a handle on what taxes you the most increases your self-awareness and can help you find new ways to solve them.
5. Work to improve how you analyze and handle your biggest struggles. Yes, identification is great but creating a plan and then tackling each challenge step by step to experience a successful resolution is very important to do for yourself. Why? Because you’ll see that you can overcome anything you set your mind to. Take some time to study self-improvement to learn more about the unique person you are.
6. 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.
7. Vow to embrace who you are each morning. It’s a new day. You have opportunities to experience new, interesting discoveries about yourself, who you are, and who you want to be. Consider the unfolding day as an opportunity to keep learning more and more about yourself.
Actively work each day to love your individuality. Notice your habits. Be intentional about learning, and then staying in close touch with the essential elements of your personality. Know what is great about you as well as what kinds of things trouble you.
Embracing your individuality and accepting yourself for exactly who you are will enrich your life in ways you can’t imagine.