It's hard looking at our faults, isn't it? Most of us don't want to see the not so great sides of us. It's scary. However, it doesn't have to be. Instead of running away from the mirror, look at them and accept them. This is what your higher power does. We were never created or intended to be perfect. Consider this. If we were perfect, then it would be easy to love each other, but would that be a deep love? Maybe we were created imperfect so that we could develop a deep loving of ourselves and others? Don't we gain strength from that and it enables us to get through the ups and downs of life? I am not sure, but I throw this out there for to you to ponder.
We do know that we are supposed to love ourselves. To help you out, think about how your higher power would love you. When you look at your flaws, tell yourself "I am human, I am not meant to be perfect. I am a work in progress, and these faults are a part of me but don't define all of me. I am getting better every day."
I used to cringe when I thought about the things that I didn't like about myself. I would look at the mistakes I made and get upset. However, a pivotal change was when I stopped beating up on myself and loved all parts of me. I made small changes to rectify those issues because I felt better about myself. I started catching my thoughts of when I put myself down, and I asked myself what would God/Universe/Higher Power say. Then I said those things to myself. It makes life easier.
If we don't look at our flaws, we can't move forward or change them. It's what keeps us stuck in certain places in life. Look at yourself with God's eyes and see the beauty of ALL of you.
The bonus is that the more you do this to yourself, the more you will be able to see the beauty in others too.
Arathi Ramappa is a certified executive coach, certified spiritual life coach, speaker, and management consultant who helps individuals thrive in life and business. Using the concepts of emotional intelligence, self-compassion, and mindfulness, Arathi has helped clients start their own businesses, develop leadership skills, diminish conflict in relationships, implement positive behaviors, and increase confidence.
Arathi offers one-on-one coaching and emotional intelligence and conscious principles workshops to organizations. She created the EASE approach to help others Explore, Analyze, Strengthen, and Empower their thinking to identify and conquer obstacles to success and change their lives and businesses.
With twenty years of experience in business management coupled with certifications in coaching and emotional intelligence, Arathi’s background as a serial entrepreneur and a veteran in the start-up space has provided her with extensive cross-functional knowledge that she can apply to any situation or client. She has managed teams globally in places such as India, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, Taiwan, Eastern Europe, as well as the U.S., and has worked with a wide range of clients including from the financial, healthcare, cybersecurity, and fashion industries, among others.
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