How I satisfied my need for approval through self love, plus 10 affirmations to help you find self acceptance.
Self love. Self approval. They are possibly the the biggest trends in personal wellness right now. When I was first introduced to the idea of self love, I wanted to reject it. It felt prideful and self indulgent. I thought (in hindsight), that I was better and tougher than needing to love myself. I have learned since then that self love is a necessity to thriving as a healthy, whole person. The shift for me did not come all at once, but one way of thinking truly helped me stop seeing it as indulgence and start seeing it as necessary.
It was the shift from self love and approval to self acceptance.
One of the biggest struggles I have faced in my personal growth is a deep need for the approval of others. In a life coaching session with my first life coach, I realized not only did I tend to seek approval from others, but I wasn’t even comfortable with the thought of loving and approving of myself. It was quite obvious that the reason I so deeply sought approval from others was because I refused to approve of myself. The word approval made me feel like I had to do something to earn it. I felt that if I approved of myself then I must think really highly of myself and must think I have “arrived” so to speak. My coach was amazing at helping me see a new perspective and asked me if I knew of another word for approval that I may be more comfortable with.
As I spoke it out loud I felt my spirit shift. It was a huge “ah-ha” moment for me. Acceptance of myself felt more gentle. It came with peace and ease. The definition of the word refers to welcoming, having favor for, or receiving what is offered. (dictionary.com).
Self acceptance gives room for the real you. It does not base your self love on whether or not you feel worthy. It is not complacent.
SELF ACCEPTANCE IS THE RADICAL NOTION THAT YOU ALONE ARE ENOUGH.
You are enough today. In this moment. As you are. This is your journey. Your path. Your body. Your mind. I promise you, when you make peace with who you truly are you will no longer desire the approval of others.
Here are 10 affirmations to shift your thinking to acceptance:
I accept myself just as I am.
I am open to love.
I am worthy of good things.
I trust that there is a divine plan for my life.
I am happy in my own skin.
My body is a blessing.
I am able.
I attract love and give love freely.
I honor myself with my thoughts.
I only compare myself to my best self.
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