Why does it matter to love yourself first? Loving yourself means nurturing and taking care of yourself. Accepting who you are is to embrace all of who you are. Find time to invest in the development of who you are. Love the good and the bad. Spending time alone will allow you to reflect deeply on what you will need to grow. Assess how you feel right now. Are you happy? Sad? Angry? Unfulfilled? Afraid? Do you compare your life to others? Are you jealous? Are you without vision or purpose for your life? Do you feel empty? Do you give more to other people than to yourself? Do you have outlets to grow? Are you insecure? Are you afraid to be by yourself?
“I Matter” is a stand-alone declaration. Having this value will cause you to look at your needs. Develop goals in this area for your personal development. Ask yourself the following questions:
How much time do you spend alone? How often does it occur? Do you have fears about being alone? If so, try to get under the feelings to see where they originate? Then challenge yourself by taking small steps to spend time alone. Begin with an hour and gradually add more time. You will soon discover who you are in the ways that you experience your alone time. Spending quality time alone you gain self-confidence and self-worth. Your esteem heightens, and you will become more secure with who you are.
Determine a plan for your life to include what will make you happy. Discover what your purpose is. Loving actions towards yourself develops trust within. To love others, it is important to know how to love yourself first. Say no to others when it is necessary. Teach people how to treat you with love.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” Carl Rogers
Think about what has been said in this blog post. How does it impact you? What thoughts do you have? Your concerns? Where are you on your journey for your purpose?