Life Coach and author, A.J. Mahari, on the importance of self-acceptance. So many people, in fact, an increasing number of people, whether they realize it or not, do not know how to accept themselves. Many people may not realize the negative and harmful effects of a lack of self-acceptance.
Lacking self-acceptance is actually more impacting than just not having the benefits of self-acceptance. It is more to the point, the accruing of the burdens of low self-esteem, low self-worth, codependency, and looking for validation from others. Looking for and needing validation from outside of yourself to counter the negative, critical, and judgmental self-talk that you may well berate yourself with.
Not accepting yourself for who you right now, as you are, wherever you are in your life blocks you from emotional and self mastery. It can block joy. It can block happiness. Lack of self-acceptance is an obstacle to healing and recovery and to living a life that is emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually in balance.
You do not need anyone else to validate you. You matter. You belong. You are important. You have a place in the human race just because you are.
Love yourself today. Reach in and embrace all that you feel, even if it is painful. Be kind and gentle with yourself always. Especially when you are stressed, judged by others, feel less than someone, or believe that you have failed. The only true failure is not trying again. Success is failure turned inside out.
Learn to trust yourself and your acceptance of yourself. You do not have to be all-together or perfect to be worthy of your own self-acceptance. Give yourself this gift today. Explore ways to learn more self-tolerant ways of accepting yourself in and through mindfulness and radical acceptance. Whether you feel lost right now in your life, or not, you really are okay just where you are, for now, in this moment, one moment at a time.
You can only think and do what you know. The trick is to be open to learning more so that you can think and do better. So that you can identify your goals and dreams and live in a life in their pursuit. Let your first goal be to truly accept yourself today and each and every day.
Self-acceptance is kind. Self-acceptance is patient. Self-acceptance is forgiving. Self-acceptance is enriching. Self-acceptance is positive. Self-acceptance can only add to the quality of your self-understanding and the quality of your experience in life.
© A.J. Mahari, April 21, 2010 – All rights reserved.
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