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Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
– Lucille Ball
You know we don’t do fluffy talk on Kaizen Journaling. So when I ask this question, do you love yourself, there are practical reasons behind it.
I have experienced it from personal experience, and I am sure at certain point, most of you have as well. You often spend so much time and effort trying to be something for other people that you forget what you need to be for yourself. Perhaps you are trying to maintain or create a specific image, because you think that’s the cool thing, or because it will get you what you want, like a great job.
Are you always looking at yourself through the eyes of other people?
Do you believe you are selfish, because your partner says so?
Do you believe you are incompetent, because your boss says so?
Do you believe you are a bad parent, because your child says so?
Maybe those people are right, but maybe they are wrong. I am not saying you should hide away from your flaws. I am saying you should have enough self-awareness to differentiate your genuine flaws from other people’s opinions.
For today’s journaling exercise, focus on what you think about yourself.
Do you think you are a good person?
Do you think you are successful?
Do you think you are a good influence on those around you?
Do you think you contribute positively to this world?
Do you love yourself, as you currently are?
If the answer is yes, great. If the answer is no, then you need to delve deeper. You need to focus on what parts of yourself you don’t like, and what parts of yourself hold you back from being the person you want to be. (If you need guidance to know yourself better, check out my book, Journaling to Self-Awareness in 30 Days. )
Grab your journal, and start writing.