“Our lives improve when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves” ~ Walter Anderson
A major component to self-awareness is honesty. In this way you are practicing self-kindness by increasing your awareness of what is true versus perpetuating habits and patterns that are not serving your life.
How often do you ignore the little signs that things in your life are not working? Doing more of what isn’t working does not make things better. It is more like being on autopilot…going through the motions.
When we face what is not working in our lives it generally means we have to do something that puts us out of our comfort zone. Instead of tolerating or justifying a situation that doesn’t work, we have to be honest with ourselves and then take action and make a change.
This might mean:
…Setting new boundaries
…Practicing more self-discipline
…Asking for help
…Changing directions in life
…Making different choices
Most of us are afraid to face the truth and as a result stay stuck in denial. Our behaviors become habitual and unproductive.
These behaviors limit our potential, self-growth and ability to be successful. But the more we practice facing uncomfortable situations and taking action, the better we get at it.
Practicing self-kindness does not always look or feel pretty. It might mean doing the very things you avoid and resist to further your well-being, improve your relationships and increase your life satisfaction.
How are you showing yourself kindness?