Accepting Your Flaws can Actually be Motivational

Accepting Your Flaws can Actually be Motivational

It's no secret, we all have flaws. However, although we are commonly encouraged to fix them, learning to embrace them can be just, if not more, empowering. 

Many people believe that accepting yourself means you lack the motivation to change. The truth is that self-acceptance is more about acknowledging and admitting that things exist. However, acceptance doesn’t preclude you changing them if you want. Practice more self-acceptance with the help of the following suggestions.

Embrace Your Uniqueness

Everyone is unique. We all have similarities; however, there is no one on earth who is exactly like you. Even if you have an identical twin, each of you is unique. The combination of your qualities, characteristics, talents, and preferences makes you one of a kind. Identify the unique aspects that you like about yourself and what makes you stand out in a crowd. These aspects often give you an edge throughout your life.

Stop Trying to Change Things You Have No Control Over

You cannot control everything. Sometimes you just have to stop trying to change things and let it go. For example, if your parents argued and yelled a lot when you were young, and they finally got a divorce. It’s important that you stop feeling guilty. There was nothing you could do to make their relationship better because you couldn’t control their words or actions.

Learn Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Everyone has a natural talent or skill that others don’t have. They also have weak areas that can be strengthened with practice or learning more about the weak area. It’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses. When you know about your strengths and weaknesses it’s easier to make good decisions. When you make good choices, your confidence, self-acceptance, and acceptance of others increases.

Set Goals with Purpose

As you explore your wants and needs, make it a habit to set short-term and long-term goals that include action steps based on your true abilities and resources. Then, as you become better at setting goals and taking action, your self-acceptance will explode.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

One thing that makes you feel good about yourself is succeeding. However, many people were taught that they shouldn’t brag, gloat or mention when they accomplished something. Instead acknowledge your successes and celebrate your accomplishments, as you see fit. Celebrations don’t have to include a huge party. You can do something simple for yourself. Acknowledge your success and pride in a journal, as well as how you felt at that magic moment.

Challenge Limiting Belief Systems

Whenever you’re experiencing a roadblock in life, take the opportunity to research your ideas and beliefs. You may believe something is no longer true, or that was never true, clouding your ability to make good decisions.

You can still change something you currently accept if it’s in your control. But it’s going to be about finding the right focus for all your action so you don’t waste time on things you cannot change. You cannot change the past, and the future is not here yet, so you can only really focus on right now, and you will get through right now feeling more motivated than ever if you are realistic about what you can and cannot do.

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