The idea of “loving yourself” may seem selfish or egotistical because we are so used to directing our love outward instead of inward – to our significant other, our children, our parents, and our friends.
When we attempt to show self-interest, our inner critic starts whispering in our heads, telling us we’re not good enough, that we’ll never achieve our goals. These negative thoughts sabotage our efforts, we become so worried about failure that we stop trying, and we remain stuck in our comfort zone, as far away from our goals as ever.
Silence your inner critic and focus on all of the wins you’ve experienced in your life (no matter how big or small) and that negative voice in your head will disappear. Think of all the different challenges you’ve taken, even though they seemed scary at the time. You are still the same person who did all those great things – and you will be able to do so again. The more you remind yourself of what you’re capable of, the more capable you become! When you make the effort to love yourself and recognize everything you’re grateful for, you’ll remind yourself how amazing your life really is. That will make it so much easier for you to improve your performance, learn from your mistakes, stay motivated, and create a life you truly love.