When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Do you like the person staring back at you? It is important that you do, even when life is not dealing you the cards you'd like it to. As human beings, we are more productive when we LIKE ourselves and believe that we are capable of being successful. It is important to develop a good relationship with yourself that aligns you with your purpose and gives you permission to be the best YOU.
Here are 3 points to remember that will help you like YOU more:
You are loved unconditionally. We would be living in a perfect world if we expect not to feel condemned or judged sometimes … actually, most of the time. Life is far from glorious and glamorous at all times. We encounter suffering, challenges, stress, fear, uncertainty, tribulation, distress, doubt, loneliness, etc, which make us question ourselves and not always like the reflection in the mirror. Today, I encourage you to develop in faith and always remember that God loves you just as you are, despite all your past mistakes and inspite of your current circumstances. You are created in His image, a child of the Almighty; He knows you and loves you unconditionally.
Fellowship and hang out with folks who bring out the best in you, not those who constantly try to pull you backwards by reminding you of your faults and past mistakes. Separate yourself from toxicity so that God's love can truly permeate your life.
Have faith. Personally, my faith and being grounded in the love of God help me tremendously to always move forward and not be broken by negativity or halted by uncertainty. Dr Creflo Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International in Atlanta, GA teaches that, "Knowledge of God's love casts out all depression, fear, darkness, unhappiness. We have faith that He will provide the things we desire. You are established in God's righteousness."
The moment we begin to realize that it's not all up to us and that we have a partner in Jesus Christ who opens the doors of favor, we free ourselves of all the stressors surrounding work, business, family, relationships and life in general. As you work hard, believing and expecting breakthroughs, knowing that your faith is strong enough to connect you to God's abundance, you automatically feel fulfilled and valuable, able to love yourself more and more.We give more when we are happy.
Do right. Always do the right thing (even when no one's watching) and treat people the way you'd like to be treated. "Do what's right because it's right and do it right and then He'll bless you," says Pastor Creflo Dollar.When you go out of your way to be supportive and be of service, to uplift others and dedicate yourself to a cause, you automatically begin to develop respect for yourself. If you respect yourself, others will respect you too. But if you are constantly involved in negative, energy draining activities that make life miserable for others, you – at the end of the day – will feel lacking and unhappy and may begin to seek validation from material things, unhealthy and unpleasant activities. Simplify your life by always trying to do the right thing. You will love the person in the mirror and he/she will continue to grow and progress.
No one can break your spirits if you are grounded in the love of God, knowing you are precious even with all your little imperfections.