Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
– Lao Tzu
Maybe you’ve spent countless hours self-doubting in the past, hiding behind fear, anxiety and uncertainty.
But despite such struggles and difficulties, there’s one thing you’ve known all along and stood by:
- You could do more.
- You could become more.
- You could achieve more.
Which is why you’ve never stopped improving yourself, including self acceptance.
When we battle through insecurity and low self-esteem, loving ourselves and accepting ourselves for who we are seems like a feat to achieve.
Not because you dislike who you’re.
It’s just that your mind is yet to be trained to see positive things happening.
And here’s your chance to see that you might be a step closer to loving and accepting yourself than you think.
I have 10 signs below indicating that you’re finally truly accepting yourself for who you are.
The signs you love yourself.
Read through the list and see how many signs you can recognise happening to you right now.
It might surprise you that self acceptance is indeed within your grasp and you’re doing much better than you give yourself credit for in accepting yourself.
10 Signs You’re Truly Accepting Yourself
1. Accepting Yourself: You Smile More
When you accept yourself as you are, you naturally feel relaxed and comfortable.
You no longer pretend to be someone else. No more ridiculous and tiring “act” to impress or please others.
Life is lighter.
You smile more.
2. Accepting Yourself: You Thank Your Past
Your past – regrets and failures – doesn’t cause you pain and heartache any more.
With a calm demeanour, you thank your past for the great lessons it has taught you and make a promise to not repeat the same mistake.
You now fondly look back and thank the past for the invaluable life lessons and memories it has given you.
And appreciate the present and look forward to the future.
3. Accepting Yourself: Your Inner Critic is Quieter
You’ve learned to tame your inner critic with the right self-talk.
She may make her appearance now and then, but now you know how to win her over.
You let her have a say to check on the choices you make, but ultimately you trust your decision.
Your inner critic no longer takes a driving seat.
4. Accepting Yourself: You Only Compete With You
You understand competing with others is pointless and competing your today to your yesterday is more productive and fulfilling.
Naturally, you nod fervently at these words:
Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…
the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself
– Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann
Have a listen to this!
A song jam-packed with timeless wisdom and inspiration.
5. Accepting Yourself: You Love Being Unique
You fully embrace the uniqueness of yourself. Love being you.
Trying to fit in is awfully tiring and, ultimately, is the biggest disservice we can do to ourselves.
You’re free from following the crowd.
You stay true to your unique being, giving yourself a chance to develop fully and become the person you are meant to be.
6. Accepting Yourself: You are Happy for Others’ Success
As you’re happy being you, you’re filled with love for yourself and others.
You embrace others’ success with open arms.
Genuinely love seeing others succeed.
You understand we’re all in this life journey together.
Your whole life perspective has shifted from competition to togetherness, pursuing harmony and contribution over the competition.
7. Accepting Yourself: You Grow More Confident
You value your own choices and opinions free from others’ influences over you.
You embrace it as an opportunity to grow and learn.
You feel empowered and, with each decision you make, you trust yourself and become more confident.
8. Accepting Yourself: You Earnestly Accept…
… all the positive self-talk when you say it out loud.
Here is one example:
I like who I am, and I’m glad to be me.
There’s no more customary refute with:
- not really
You feel it, fully accept it and, when you say it, you mean it.
You’re free from self-doubt, fear, and uncertainty about yourself. You do truly love being you!
9. Accepting Yourself: You Invest Your Time in Self-Love
Now that you know the positive impact of looking after the number one (that is, you) on the overall quality of your life, you invest your time in self-improvement.
You continue to do all the things that make you fall in love with yourself.
Accepting yourself is no longer a foreign concept to you, but is your nature.
10. Accepting Yourself: You Truly Enjoy Your Life
You love setting goals and actively pursue them and enjoy living your life intentionally and on purpose.
You look for hobbies and interests to broaden your life experiences and do all those things alone and with others.
Accepting yourself makes you free from judgement and hatred, which enables you to enjoy life to the fullest with a genuine passion and love.
Sometimes accepting yourself seems like an impossible thing because of our negative tendency and self-critic.
The above signs you love yourself signal that you’re much closer to accepting yourself than you might have thought.
Continue to be the biggest fan, the most devoted admirer, and the best cheerleader to yourself on your life journey, embracing all parts of you – the good and the bad.
Accepting yourself improves your psychological well-being and ensures you live a happy, healthy, and successful life.
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