I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Do you enjoy being yourself?

on November 18, 2013

Cricket Team Holding HandsThis may not be an easy question to answer.  Many people don’t really accept themselves and therefore don’t enjoy being who they are.  Accepting yourself is tough in a world that continues to point out your flaws and imperfections.  All you have to do is turn on the TV or look at a magazine to be told that there is something wrong with you.

Ask yourself the following questions to see if you are accepting of yourself:

  1. Are you happy being with yourself?  People who accept themselves enjoy their own company and can be happy even if they are around others who are critical or unloving.  Negative people don’t make them angry, instead they will feel sorry for them.
  2. Do you live in the present?  People who accept themselves don’t think about all the mistakes they have made in the past or worry about what will happen in the future.  Instead they live in the present and try to be the best person they can be.
  3. Are you confident in your abilities?  People who accept themselves feel good about what they can achieve and don’t feel bad if they can’t do everything as good as other people.
  4. Do you have a positive attitude?  People who accept themselves are a positive influence to other people.
  5. Are you honest and open?  People who accept themselves are very real with other people.  They speak the truth and don’t have to hide anything.
  6. Can you accept a compliment?  People who accept themselves are able to receive love from others in a gracious manner.  They aren’t suspicious of the motives behind the compliment.
  7. Can you laugh at yourself?  People who accept themselves realize they have limitations and weaknesses, but it doesn’t bother them.
  8. Do you take care of your health?  People who accept themselves take care of their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.  They understand the importance of refraining from excessive living and will also show compassion towards the needs of others.
  9. Do you set goals and work hard to achieve them?  People who accept themselves know the importance of having goals in life and achieving their dreams.  They value their life and have realistic expectations.
  10. Do you learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward?  People who accept themselves admit that they make mistakes, but don’t give up.  Instead they learn and make appropriate changes so they can keep growing and moving ahead in life.

If you have trouble accepting who you are, try focusing on your strengths and work on becoming more positive.  Surround yourself with positive people, places and things.  Say positive affirmations.  Write your self-talk in a journal and make sure you are saying positive things to yourself.  Read motivational  books, listen to CD’s and watch DVD’s.  Practice positivity every single day and soon it will become a good, new habit.

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