We all have unique qualities and quirks we don’t necessarily appreciate about ourselves – but they’re what make us real, what makes us US.
For some reason, we tend to be very hard on ourselves – harder than we are on others. How many times a day does your “inner critic” advise you of ways in which you’re not good enough, or of what you’re doing wrong? And when you look in the mirror, do you notice your amazing features (you do have them) or pick apart your “flaws?”
It’s interesting… how we perceive ourselves is often quite different from how others see us. Ask your closest friends what they feel your best qualities and strengths are – chances are, their answers will surprise you.
How do you see yourself? How would you describe yourself to someone?
It got me thinking about how I see myself. And it reminded me to appreciate myself more.
My dear friend Jodi Chapman of Soul Speak suggests that we look at the labels we’ve put on ourselves – or that others have given us – and determine which ones are empowering, and which ones no longer serve us. It’s time to let go of the ones that don’t fit anymore, and figure out the ones that do.
My sister Kira inspired me with the idea of creating an “Awesome List,” which I suggest in my free guide, 5 Keys to a Joy-filled Life. This is where you take time to think about and list your amazing qualities. Once you do it, you’ll see yourself differently.
So are you ready?
Make an “Awesome List”
Include some great (or quirky) personality traits. Maybe it’s that you’re funny, kind, generous, witty or great with kids. Or that you love to dance in the rain. Think of what makes you uniquely YOU.
And, since we notice our perceived physical flaws all too easily when we look in the mirror, include some physical features on your Awesome List too. Maybe it’s that you have warm, friendly eyes, shiny hair or a strong jawline. Or healthy skin. Or a wonderful smile.
Read your Awesome List often.
The next time you think about yourself, focus on those awesome qualities and features, and remember – no one else is just like you.
Whether or not you know it, the world needs you and the uniqueness you bring to it!