When we experience self-acceptance, we're able to find unconditional love 💕 for all of who we are. Self esteem is different, self acceptance means we accept not just the positive aspects of our life or personality, but also the negative and the neutral. Self-acceptance means we recognize our weaknesses and limitations, but this awareness in no way interferes with our ability to fully accept ourselves.
Self-acceptance isn’t a task that is ever complete. As an ENFJ myself (a Meyers-Briggs personality type that’s made up of the characteristics of extroversion, neuroticism/intuition, feeling, and judging) I certainly struggle with judging myself and my actions.
Am I working hard enough? Will I accomplish all I want to? Am I being true to myself? Authentic enough? Am I practicing what I preach? Am I lazy? Am I weird? Why’d you say that? Why didn’t you say this? 😂 these are regular thoughts for humans.
Being engaged in a process of self-acceptance means when we hear these thoughts we listen to them without judgement. We accept ourself for having negative thoughts about ourself and challenge the messages our brain is giving us.
Any negative thoughts you experience that cause you to struggle to accept yourself? 🌼