And…Accept Who You Are
Everyone needs to feel accepted, and yet the self-love begins from within.
One of the worst feelings in life to is feel like you have been a disappointment to yourself and others. Thus, it is important to start believing in yourself and accepting your own imperfections – limitations, weaknesses, shortcomings, and all.
It is the notion of being acceptable, though, that interferes because there are expectations that must be met. Thus, there is a pressure to perform, or else displease the other person and fall short of the expectation.
“Self-acceptance begins with intention,” according to psychotherapist Jeffrey Sumber, MA. “It is vital that we set an intention for ourselves that we are willing to shift paradigms from a world of blame, doubt and shame to a world of allowance, tolerance, acceptance and trust,” he said. This intention acknowledges that self-loathing simply doesn’t lead to a satisfying life. “If I set my intention that a life with self-acceptance is far better than a life of self-hatred then I begin a chain reaction within my being geared to a life of peace,” Sumber said.