Want To Live Your Best Life? Start With Self-love and Self-acceptance.
Ever heard the term self-love? You might think: "Oh dear, another 'body positivity, feel-good and accepting all your flaws because you're too lazy to work on them' - post". Not quite. This post is about self-love and self-acceptance as the first step to recognizing all the things you need to work on to become the best version of yourself.
Let's try a little exercise first. Stand in front of the mirror or turn your camera phone on selfie mode and say: "I love myself". Then say "I'm intelligent." "I'm confident." "I'm strong." "I'm amazing." "I can do all things." And then give yourself a big hug. Did that hurt? Was it uncomfortable? Many of you must have seen the cute videos of parents standing in front of their mirror with their little ones saying affirmations. Beautiful. Adorable. Video liked and shared. But what about you? Do you practice self-love and self-acceptance? Does it only sound good in theory but is just too crazy to do in real life? Well, it can become real and work for you if you believe in it. "Yeah, I'm not really the self-centered and narcissistic type of person", you might say. But loving yourself and having a bloated self ego are completely different things.
Did you know that someone who is self-absorbed or arrogant does not love themselves? It's actually the complete opposite. Their insecurities force them to mask their self doubts with an over-the-top personality. On the outside they may seem tough and like they got it all figured out but deep inside they still question themselves. If you're really centered within yourself you don't need people to validate if you're good, smart or successful enough. You wouldn't have to pull others down with your words or attitude to elevate yourself because you'd already be up there. Arrogant, self-absorbed and negative people don't operate from a place of self-love but from a place of self-hate that they project on others. It's not affirmations that got them there but the wrong mindset. The good news is, there's a right way to get to embark on the journey of loving yourself.
The Bible is full of positive affirmations! It's a testament to what God thinks about us and how much He loves us - His perfect creation. "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;" I Peter 2:9 NKJV
There's empowerment and encouragement available for us! "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 NKJV Be encouraged to always speak the best about yourself, the way God does! Don't be scared to say: "Thank you Lord, for making me awesome"! Because you are! You're here on this earth playing your part and making your contributions, so why would you be scared of patting yourself on the shoulder and saying: "well done!" Have the confidence to do bigger, better, and greater things - don't limit yourself because God has taken off all the limitations.
Want to know more about how you can live your best life with a positive mindset, the right affirmations, and the word of God? Check out my book "Loving Yourself Is Always The Best Choice".