Do you like who you are and what you stand for? Do you like yourself?
I’m not sure what comes up for you when I ask those questions, but what I can say is that if you don’t like who you are and what you stand for, life can be a lot more challenging and less enjoyable. Period.
Learning to appreciate and respect who you are is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. Getting real with yourself about how you feel about YOU can point you toward a different reality. Here are some further questions to help you gage the relationship that you have with yourself.
Do you accept your whole self, or are there parts of you that you hide, don’t acknowledge or are afraid to show? Do you feel worthy of good things happening to you in your life? Do you believe that good things can and will happen for you? Do you seek and have respectful relationships?
Repairing or working through your own blocks so you give yourself the gift of self confidence and self respect can really change the game. When you like and respect who you are, you naturally look, act, speak and carry yourself with a different energy. This will dictate who comes into your life, what experiences you attract into your life and, ultimately, how your life turns out. It’s a big deal.
It’s so cliche to say, but everything begins with how you view yourself and how you feel about who you are. If you’re functioning on a rocky foundation that is doubtful and not confident, you will be getting very different results than someone who is operating from a rooted and solid place within. Don’t confuse this with times of feeling self doubt or not confident. Nobody is perfect and we all have situations, people or experiences that come along every so often and can lead us to question ourselves. This is very different than functioning consistently without confidence or self respect.
Notice and engage with people and activities that highlight how awesome you are. Notice what lights you up and helps you to feel accomplished. When you can identify those things, do them consistently and often. Do them a lot. When you fill your time engaging in activities and with people who fire you up, it helps you tap into your truth where you can naturally start gaining like and respect for yourself.
Not that it matters what I think, but please like/LOVE who you are. If you choose to work on something, work on the relationship that you have with yourself. You have qualities that are unique, interesting and yours. Show them to yourself and others.
* The above Image was taken by Shannon Bailey, a San Diego based photographer.