Self Acceptance: Wishing You Could Rid Yourself Of Your Ugly Parts?

Recently, I had a conversation with a potential client who told me that she wanted to “just get rid of my laziness and procrastination.”  Shortly after that I heard myself telling my own coach that I was “sick of going back and forth in my romantic relationship.”  In exasperation, I exclaimed, “Can’t I just get rid of HER?!?”  As if SHE is not me.

Fortunately, I heard myself.  And, I realized that as I quit trying to get rid of HER and actually take the time to listen to her, I not only learn something valuable about me, but I also quit fighting me.  And, as I let go of the internal struggle, I create space to be a better me.

I’m just beginning to get it that as I serve as a sacred witness to all of me, then I naturally evoke more of the best of me!  And, it tends to be so much easier to offer that unconditional compassion and acceptance to my clients rather than to myself.  Luckily, I have this great job in which a big part of my job description involves walking my talk!

What about you?  Which parts of yourself do you tend to wish you could get rid of?  Would you be willing to practice more
self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-love?

Can you imagine what a different world we would live in if every person on the planet were willing to let go of their own internal war?  That’s a world worth moving toward!

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Ann Strong, founder of Strong from Within and Thriving Coaches.

Author of Thriving Work.


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