Posted November 1, 2003
Loving Yourself = True Freedom
I have to give this article by tomorrow and I still did not manage to write one single sentence that I like. Each time I write a sentence, I immediately hit the 'delete' key, as it does not sound 'right'.
I've been postponing this article for a whole week under the excuse that I still have to do more research. Each time I find a new text relating to the issue I say to myself, "Wahoo, I wish I could write this way, why didn't I think about it?" and of course my drive to write goes down the drain.
I was just reading what my partner wrote and sure enough, "I can't write that well, bla bla bla..."
Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?
Till today those societal values and standards are our limited reality, a kind of virtual prison we complied to live in.
Since we learn to focus on others' values, we continuously compare ourselves to 'them'. We either end up feeling inferior to 'them' or superior to 'them'.
One of our prison walls is the need to be 'successful' (in our society's eyes of course). In order to become successful we try to imitate those we believe are good at what they are doing. We work hard to change and 'fix' ourselves. We set for ourselves standards that do not belong to us and often are unattainable for us.
This 'fixing' process takes away our creativity and lowers our energy, leaving us feeling even less capable and loveable.
Even if we do manage to achieve (after hard work) those impossible standards, or we become these people we think are the 'right' ones to be, we feel limited and encaged.
Loving yourself means that you are willing to stop comparing yourself to others.
If you are a morning person - Terrific!
If you are a good communicator - Fantastic!
No matter what you are, there is greatness in it - as it is who you are.
Realize that there is only one person exactly like you in this whole world, which makes you unique and whole, and in other words - Perfect!
Perfect means that it has everything in it. The good and the bad; the beauty and the ugly; success and failure.
When you really love yourself, you are free to choose at any moment how to express yourself...
I read this article once more... It sure ain't perfect.
But, hey... I'm perfect!
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Article by Vered Neta - trainer, success coach and lecturer. Learn how to achieve success, gain emotional freedom, increase self-confidence and transform stress and anxiety into positive energy on her site: http://www.inspiration2go.com. Send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to get her newsletter and receive a BONUS - inspirational digital book.
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