Self-love is a prerequisite for self confidence. Similarly, self knowing is a prerequisite for self-love. It can be very difficult to love what you don’t know, or rather, who you don’t know. Imagine loving yourself if you are not sure who you are, or what you stand for! Who are you really?
When asked this question, many people will begin to list their titles: mom, wife; their job: accountant, programmer, Etc. Who you are, is much less definable. I believe who you are is a feeling that is not necessarily meant to be put into words. It’s the knowing of your strengths and weaknesses and the acceptance that you are on a journey to become the best person you can be. You are you, and you are not defined by words. The only one who can know who you are is you. Sure, others will have opinions about who you are, or rather what you are. But their opinions don’t matter. No one knows you like you know you.
Figuring out who you are will require some soul-searching, lots of pondering, and time. Keep in mind that you are forever changing as a person. The more you learn and grow as a person, the more defined “who” you are will become to you. Who you are today will not be who you are in ten years. And if there is something you don’t like about yourself, you have the power to change it. This is what self-development is all about.
My personal journey took off when the desire to be a good role model for my daughter’s burn so strong I could no longer ignore it. Back then I was less than happy with many aspects of myself, both physical and with my personality. I can’t say I loved myself back then. It’s been an almost 4 years journey and today I can honestly say I love myself. And this love radiates and self-confidence. I know who I am, and nothing anyone can say or do will make this “knowing” waiver.
My wish for you is that you will also look deep within and find who you are, love yourself and find your self-confidence.
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