No doubt all of us know someone who is extremely good at accepting blame and pointing out their flaws but who cannot accept praise or list any of their gifts or accomplishments. Maybe it's even you.
I certainly have experienced that in my life, too. When I was a younger
woman, I recall being stymied when in workshops, I'd be asked to list 5
to 10 good things about myself. Are you kidding me? I would think. Ask
me to list that same number of negatives, however, and I'd have that
list done in record time.
Through the years, however, I've worked hard to recognize and appreciate
the positive attributes I have—and the accomplishments. Many of us have
to get past some of the early messages we received about being humble.
"Pride goeth before a fall." If I heard that once, not just at home but
in church and in the broader society, I heard it a thousand times. I
began to see the way such messages set me up, and I set out to change my
Having a good self-image isn't about undue pride. A solid base of self-esteem is a healthy stance.
If you do have a good self-image, that's wonderful. If you don't,
however, and would like to work on that, please contact me.
A healthy self-image is a good foundation for solid relationships and
for career success. It's essential to a joy-filled life. Loving yourself makes it possible to love others. Know that it is
possible to change how you see—and love—yourself. Make 2017 the year you give
yourself that gift, if you don't already feel good about who you are.