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7 Easy Ways To Start Liking Yourself More.

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When you start liking yourself you are not being narcissistic, instead you simply like who you are, and the person you are striving to become. Also, by liking yourself you accept what an amazing and unique individual that you are. When you start liking yourself, it will help to make important life choices easier, because you will trust yourself and your own judgments.

As you learn and practice to like yourself more, you will empower yourself to become more confident and comfortable with the person you are. Liking yourself will also allow you to create more experiences that you want, not just for yourself, but also for the people around you that you love.

Try these seven ways to start liking yourself more today and see what a wonderful difference it will make to you and those around you.

1. Make a list of your strengths.

Make a list of everything that you can do well such as your skills, talents, personal traits, etc. Write all of them down in your journal. You will find that once you start writing, you will discover that you have more strengths than you thought you had. Start with ten today and keep adding to your list over time. Challenge yourself to add at least one personal strength to your list every month. You will notice that as your list grows, so too will your positive thoughts/feelings about yourself. Appreciating yourself is a major step in your personal development and growth.

2. Rid yourself of negative thinking.

Negative thinking does nothing but drain you. It drains you of your energy, it drains you of your dreams, and it will drain you from taking positive action The more you let a negative mindset take up your thoughts, the harder it is for positive thinking to break through. One way of ridding yourself from negative thinking is by changing the vocabulary that you use. Change “I can’t” to “I can”, change “I won’t” to “I will”, and change “why bother trying” to “I will give it my best shot”. Many of us are programmed from an early age of things; that we cannot do, what we should not do, and what we must not do, instead of being instilled and empowered with the confidence to go for it, to have more belief in ourselves, and all the amazing things that we are capable of.

3. Accept your positives as well as negatives.

Know that you are a work in progress. No one is perfect. By accepting who you are and the mistakes that you have made will allow you to grow and to develop as a person. Accept that sometimes good people make bad choices. It does not mean they are bad people; it just means that they are human. So forgive yourself for your past; it is over. Forgive yourself for the things that you think you did or didn’t do, and instead focus on what you will start doing today.




4. Focus on doing your very best.

Instead of just doing enough at home, or in your relationship, why not step it up and go all out to do your very best. Why not approach everything that you do with more enthusiasm and excitement. I know this can be difficult at first, but at least give it a try. Many people get too comfortable in their daily habits, in both their personal and professional life, they go through the motions and then wonder why they are bored in their job or why their relationship has lost its spark. Doing your very best has the power to bring the passion back into your life.

5. Show gratitude for who you are and what you have.

Many of you have made it through college, have a career, have a roof over your head and you have put food on the table. Many of you are also striving to improve and better yourself through books, articles and constant learning. Think of all the wonderful things that you have accomplished in your life up until now, think of all the experiences and achievements in your life. By getting into this positive habit of showing more gratitude you pave the way for more wonderful things to flow into your life.

6. Do the things YOU love to do.

Your life will be more fun and enjoyable when you choose to do the things that you love to do. Instead of doing the things other people think you should do, search deep within your heart and see what it is you really want to do in your life. What are you passionate about? What excites you? Once you find what you would love to do, just do it!

7. Accept who you are.

The more you accept yourself for who you are, the easier you will find that you will accept others. The more you look for your likable qualities, the easier it will become to see the likable qualities in others also. Learn to like yourself and to enjoy the life that you have been given. Embrace each new day with open arms as the best version of you. I read the following quote and I turned it into a daily morning ritual.

“I AM are two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality.”
This might seem a little strange or even uncomfortable at first, but in the morning stand in front of the mirror and say, “I am”
Then add different positive words after. For example:

 

morning-mantra

 

This is your morning mantra; you decide what words to say. Don’t rehearse it, just let your positivity flow. This positive habit in the morning has the power to change you both mentally and physically. Mentally you will get yourself in a positive and empowering state of mind, and physically you will begin to stand a little straighter, look more confident and smile at yourself as you accept the wonderful unique person that you are.

What are you going to do starting today to start liking yourself more?

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life

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One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.

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Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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