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Simple Statements for Developing Your Self-Acceptance…

Self acceptance is all about being compassionate and happy with who you are in the present moment. This is an agreement that you decide to make with yourself to appreciate, accept and support who you are right now, even if there are parts of yourself that you might like to work on or change (eventually). We are all “works in progress”…

Take a look at the following statements, which can help you focus on promoting self-acceptance (which in turn can lead to increased confidence). Consider each statement carefully, and take a few moments to think about how you can regularly remind yourself of these points.

  • I can accept that I am less than perfect human being.
  • I can accept that others and the world around me are less than perfect.
  • Because I demand a thing or a person be a certain way, it does not follow that they must indeed be that way.
  • I am capable of making mistakes in my life and I can learn from these experiences to help me move forward in the future.
  • Because I make a mistake or do something wrong, does not mean I am a failure. It may mean that I have acted/behaved in a way that I regret or am not pleased with, but this does not mean I need to condemn myself as a failure.
  • I, like others around me, have a special mix of qualities, skills and experiences as a human being…which means that the total sum of who I am is diverse and can’t be summed up as “all bad” or “all ugly”
  • I do not have to listen to the critical part of myself. I do not have to believe the critical part of myself. I can start to listen and be open to hearing a more positive and supportive voice, which encourages me. I can do it!
  • I can look for the evidence to support or refute my unhelpful thoughts and learn to develop new, more healthy ways of thinking about the world around me.
  • Putting myself (or others in my life) down is not a helpful habit. I can change this habit with practice.
  • Thinking differently about myself, those around me and the larger world does take practice.
  • Perfection does not exist. Developing my self-acceptance means that I am ready to face challenges in my life and learn/grow from them.
  • I can routinely ask myself the simple question: “does thinking this way help or hinder my effort to accept myself as I am?”

“You are the master of your own destiny. Use your strengths well. They are the keys to your destiny and your success in life. Once you know yourself and take action to realize your dreams,  you can unlock the doors to your own potential.” (-Neil Somerville)

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