Today is all about celebrating YOU – the unique, beautiful person that you are. The special thing about being YOU is that there is no one else on this planet quite like YOU! Isn’t that a wonderful thought?
Sometimes we can get caught up in all the media hype and ‘advice’ on how we should look, behave or even live our lives. So I would like us all to take a moment to think of ways that perhaps we are being persuaded to be someone we aren’t. We are all guilty of this, so you aren’t alone.
Some of us still find it difficult to celebrate who we are and so today I want to share four ways to learn to celebrate the special person you are and to live authentically.
4 ways to learn to Celebrate being YOU
This is so important, because if we don’t accept the person we are, then we can’t celebrate ourselves. Sure there might be things you don’t like about yourself and you have the power to change them if you want to. The bottom line is that unless you accept yourself and your qualities you will never be happy.
2. Stop the comparison
I know, it is hard not to compare ourselves to others. We compare our bodies, our clothes even our abilities. I’m guilty sometimes of easily falling into the comparison trap. I look at other bloggers and wonder why they are getting more page views or followers for example.
Comparison is our enemy because it saps us of our self-confidence and self-belief. We feel that we aren’t good enough rather than concentrating on our own strengths and what we have to offer. My earlier post ‘I’ is for Inspiration – 7 ways you can be an Inspiration to others, highlighted the fact that in our own way we CAN be an inspiration,just by the example we lead and how we live our lives.
3. Practice self-love daily
How can you celebrate YOU if you don’t love yourself? How can you expect others to celebrate YOU if you don’t love yourself? Self-love is not ego, it is about self-respect and acknowledging the beautiful person you are. It is about being happy with the person you are and embracing your uniqueness. Silence the Inner Critic when she starts talking negativity and replace her with positive and encouraging thoughts.
4. Believe in yourself
We have the power within ourselves to do anything if we want it badly enough. Self-belief is vital to thriving and finding happiness in your life. Accepting and acknowledging your strengths and your weaknesses helps you to achieve. Believing in yourself is the first step.
Write down one thing that is unique to you. It can be anything – serious, funny, quirky.
No one else has this – doesn’t that make you feel special? It should!
You can live your life trying to ‘fit in’ to a mould that just isn’t you or you can embrace your uniqueness and show the world who you really are. Accepting who you are and ceasing to compare yourself to others is the start of a new and exciting journey in your life.
Of course it takes courage to be Different and unique but apart from anything else you need to stay TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE!
What is one way you can celebrate YOU today?
In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘Z’ is for Zest – Rediscovering passion in your life. I do hope you will join me.
You might also like to check out my Over 50 & Thriving series. In this series, published every Thursday, guest writers give insight into what ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ means to them.
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