“Very Good!” Can you say that? It’s important that you can, because people will treat you according to how you treat yourself! As you allow yourself to see the progress you’re making in your life and as you keep your eyes focused on the person God created you to become, you will grow to accept yourself and have confidence in yourself! Practicing these nine steps will help you learn to love yourself and treat yourself with dignity, honor, compassion, respect.
1. Never think or speak negatively about yourself.
You were made in God’s image, so why would God make something negative? View yourself as God’s loved creation and you will see the beauty that resides within.
2. Encourage yourself by using your talents and gifts.
Meditate on your strengths and learn to encourage yourself by using those talents and gifts. Take time to discover your talents and use them often so you can see how beautiful you truly are. Then, allow yourself to be admired by others because you are talented and gorgeous.
3. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
You’re unique, one of a kind, an original. So don’t try to be a copy of someone else. You will fail! God placed you on this earth exactly where He wants you, so blossom in a way that He intends for you. 1 Corinthians 12:12-29 talks about how we all have a roll to play in this world; we all have a purpose, a point to our lives: “But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be?” Enjoy the person that God made you to be, because you have a pivotal role to play.
4. Focus on your potential, not on your limitations.
We are all capable of greatness, so don’t let your life situations or personal struggles pull you down. Acknowledge and accept your weaknesses and learn to compensate for them. By knowing your personal gifts and talents and letting other people’s strengths prevail where you are weak, both you and others will excel instead of being stuck in a disabling position of trying to be something you are not. Challenge yourself to improve your weaknesses rather than dwell on them, and see your weaknesses as minor issues in your life, not failures.
5. Strive to use your talents and gifts with excellence.
Now that you’ve found your talents and gifts, do them well. Strive to use these abilities with excellence. It’s easy to settle when using a talent or a gift by just doing a mediocre job. God has a purpose and a desire for your use of these skills. There is a reason He choose you to have these particular gifts, so use them to your fullest potential by honoring and glorifying Him.
6. Have the courage to be different.
You don’t have to be just like everyone else to fit in; in fact, people who are enjoyed the most are often those who aren’t afraid of expressing their individuality in a positive way. Being the same as everyone else is boring, so find your uniqueness and flaunt it!
7. Learn to handle criticism. Let it develop you instead of discourage you.
Criticism can be cruel, but using it to challenge yourself instead of letting it pull you down can help you become a strong and courageous person that turns negativity into an opportunity.
8. Base your own worth on God’s love for you.
You are worthy of great love and a great life. God desires for you to have love in your life and for you to pursue an extraordinary life worth living. Keep in step with God and let Him show you your true worth.
9. Keep your shortcomings in perspective. You are always a work in progress.
Failures should be short-lived. They should help you move forward in life, not hold you back in despair. Learn from your failures, let them go and never go back to them. You have an entire lifetime to grow and to pursue a God that loves you, so why not start now?
By utilizing your strengths, trusting your own worth and finding areas in your life to grow, you will become a strong, confident woman who exudes love for her own self in every act. If you love yourself and believe yourself worthy of love, then love will find you and radiate through you.