I talk quite a bit about finding and keeping loving relationships. I’ve used my own mistakes and the lessons I’ve learned from them to share my observations, insights and advice. But love also comes into play in other areas of your life too. With your children, family, friends, job, hobbies or helping others.
However, in all the love that you give to other people, you must also remember to love yourself.
Loving yourself is about accepting who you are – unconditionally. Doing so allows you to have more joy and happiness as you continue to move forward with your goals and dreams.
When you love yourself, you’re able to set clear boundaries on what you will and will not tolerate. You begin to covet your time, focusing on those things and people who align with who you are and what you want accomplish. Your self-confidence and self-esteem increases and you believe that you can handle whatever comes your way.
If you’re challenged with completely accepting and loving yourself, here are three exercises you can do:
1. Spend time with yourself. Turn off the television, log off the Internet and turn down the music. Use this time to pray, meditate, think about what you want out of life or about what you can do to bring more joy and happiness into your life.
2. Make a list of at least 25 things you love about yourself. Write them down and each day read the list – out loud – to yourself. Hear yourself talking about all the great traits and characteristics you have. Remind yourself of your gift, your talents and how wonderful you really are.
3. Treat yourself with love. Take care of your body, your time and your environment. Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise. Spend time doing things you enjoy with people you truly enjoy doing them with.
What do you love about yourself? Share your answer with me on twitter at @IAmSteveHarvey @ActLikeASuccess #ActLikeASuccess