The greatest act of courage is to be and to own all of who you are —
without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth of who you are. ~Debbie Ford
Accepting yourself for who you are can be one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding and freeing gifts you can ever give to yourself. Loving and accepting yourself is not a narcissistic belief pattern. It is through this process of acceptance of self that you actually experience growth and change and come into a new realization of L.I.F.E.™ through your own disappointments and pain.
Staying in a state of fear that others are judging you gives other people power over you. It puts you in a mindset that you should be shameful of who you are and in exchange creates resentment towards others that may not even be thinking about you at all. You are thus living out your own nightmare of limited beliefs about yourself, resulting in low self-esteem and feelings of not being enough. You have become more intently focused on the need to have others like or love you because you have not learned to like and love yourself.
You are not in control of what other people are thinking or feeling, including what they are thinking are feeling about you. You can only feel judged by others when you are not living your truth in your own skin.
You cannot continue to harbor wounds of rejection as they will continue to keep you held captive in resentment and victimization thinking, which only work to damage you; not the other person.
To be who you are you must have the courage to accept your own limitations and strengths. You accept the person you are right now in this moment, even when you may not really know exactly who you are just yet.
Being who you are means you no longer feel guilty about taking care of yourself, nor or you submerged in the needs of other people. It’s OK for you to take care of your own needs. Be OK with the person you are right now, and dig deeper to continue to grow into your own greatness tomorrow.
Being who you are means taking the courage to accept your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self, as well as your past. You are learning to accept and love yourself as you begin to grow into the realization of your own POWER.
You cannot live your L.I.F.E.™ through the mind and eyes of others. When you attempt to do so you are living a shell of an experience, attempting to be all things to all people when you have not learned how to be what you need to be to and for yourself.
You cannot live in fear of being you. You are here for one purpose, and that is to BE who you are, even if you have not discovered exactly who that is to you. Your job is to embrace, and accept the special gift you are here to BE, and to allow yourself to grow and unfold into the full embodiment of YOU.