This has been a tough season for a lot of people, including me. There’s Covid-19, racial tensions, and I’ve got family drama I’m dealing with too. What you’ll hear is a bit of a self-pep talk. I reminisce about other tough times I’ve been through and how I got myself through to the other side by practicing self-love. Key word? Practice.
I practice self-love by…
- Practicing gratitude – continually practicing gratitude has no downside. “To get more, you have to appreciate and respect what you have.” A benefit – gratitude shuts down the whining and complaining.
- Doing good – It is it’s own reward. And the idea of this leads to doing good in thought. You’ll find yourself trading jealous thoughts for ones that build others up. “Want for them what you want for yourself.”
- Moving forward – Use what you have. Sometimes we stall because we’re believing our own excuses. Look in the mirror, rip off the band-aids, speak the bitter truth. Take responsibility for yourself, and forgive yourself. Moving forward means putting in the time to create what you want. It’s okay to not know exactly where you’re going. But every day you need to do something to show yourself that you’re capable of accomplishing your dream.
Some other kernel thoughts:
- “Embrace whatever it is that makes you you.”
- The leadership mindset can snap you out of negative self-talk. That’s how you hold yourself accountable. “Success starts in the mind with self-love.”
- You’ve got to practice self-love. It doesn’t just happen automatically. If you’re a dancer, you know how to practice. You know what it takes. You’ve got this.