How to Be Yourself and Love Yourself in the Process

how to be yourself

Do you feel self-conscious and insecure? Would you love nothing more than to let your inner self out, but fear what would happen if you did?

It takes a lot of strength and courage to be yourself. In today’s age, media constantly reinforces one single image of what is beautiful and ‘right’. However, part of what makes this world so great is the diversity and uniqueness of everyone in it.

How do you embrace your unique qualities and traits so you can add to the diversity and finally unleash yourself?

Let Go of Past Decisions

So many times we hold ourselves back over past mistakes or failures. We use them as ‘proof’ that we’re not good people or not deserving of wonderful things. They become our excuse for not living up to our own potential

By letting go of past decisions you’re unhappy with, you can begin to step forward. You release yourself from the weight they carry on your shoulders and free yourself to enjoy life and all of the pleasantries it has to offer.

Don’t Aim for Perfection

When you try to be perfect, you think you’re helping yourself be a better person when actually you’re inherently telling yourself that there’s something wrong with who you are. You beat yourself up for your behaviors or thoughts, instead of embracing them as part of your individuality.

Perfection is unattainable. No one ever has been or ever will be perfect. People will always have some flaw. But, it is that flaw that makes them perfect in their own way.

That’s not to say you can’t aim to improve. You certainly can. But do it because you want to be better, not because there’s something wrong with who you are. Make sense?

Disregard Others Opinions of You

It’s easy to get wrapped up in what others think of us. We’re human and have emotions that are impacted when we hear that someone approves or disapproves of us, our actions and behaviors.

But, reality is that their opinions say more about them as a person than they say about you. It’s like having two artists critique a piece of art. Both have their own thoughts, representative of their styles and beliefs. Therefore, their opinions give you insight as to who they are, not what the piece of art is.

The same is true when people express their opinions about you. It says more about their past experiences and their interpretations than it does about you.

So, it’s not important what they think. It’s only important what you think.

Be Honest About Who You Are

You can’t be yourself if you aren’t completely honest about who you are. If you have certain interests and opinions, own them. Be proud of them.

If there are things you don’t care to do or be involved in, admit it. You don’t have to like everything and everyone. It’s impossible. Just know who you are deep down and remain true to yourself.

Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

One of the biggest things you can do to rob yourself of happiness is to continuously compare yourself to others. You point out areas where they are great and you feel you lack. You put them on a pedestal, while you stand admiring on the ground sure that you’ll never reach their heights.

We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. There are things we’re good at and things we’re not. By constantly telling yourself that everyone else is better than you, you are completely ignoring your strengths and not giving yourself the credit you deserve.

When you stop comparing yourself to others, it opens you up to be yourself. Why do you want to be like someone else anyway? That person is already taken.

Being yourself can take some time to get used to. It can help to meditate, spend some time to relax your mind and just be. You’ll be more open to accepting yourself for who you are and embracing your uniqueness and individuality.

There’s a reason you are the way you are. Enjoy yourself because they’ll never be another you again.

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