Steve Maraboli writes, “Your life is a reflection of many choices you have made at the innumerable amount of choice-points you’ve crossed.” Life is about choices. Don’t worry about the bad choices you have made in the past. You can’t change the past, but you can change your future. You can change your future by paying attention to what you are doing right now. What you are doing right now is shaping your future.
You can change your life today. Don’t let your bad choices hold you back. Don’t let your past mistakes hold you back. If you want to change your life, you must change yourself. You can change your life by taking advantage of the opportunities around you. “Don’t sleepwalk through your life”. If you delay yourself, the opportunity will not be there for you. If you want to catch it, you must wake up. You must not sleepwalk through life.
Once you have made up your mind to pursue something, don’t think too much about it. Because if you spend your entire life thinking about it, you will cripple yourself. Once you know what you want for yourself, for your life, for your family, then make your decision and then do it. Don’t wait. Don’t wait for the perfect time to do something. There is no such thing as a perfect time. If you want to do something, if you really mean it, do it today.
If you want to get something done in your life, you have got to do it yourself. You have got to follow your path. You have got to do your own thing. Allen Ginsberg said, “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” If you wait for someone else to do it for you, you are going to wait forever. Make up your mind for yourself. And you will get what you want.
Antonio Porchia said, “We don’t forgive being as we are.” Why is that? Why is it so hard to accept ourselves? Life is about acceptance. Life is about love. Life is about happiness. You want to enjoy your life. You want to be happy. You want to love and be loved. But can you really do these things without self-love, without self-acceptance? Can you?
You can’t love yourself if you can’t accept yourself. Acceptance is love. To fulfill your purpose in life, to achieve your dreams, you must accept yourself. You must love yourself. Why is that? Whether you beat yourself up or not, you can’t change your past. Since you can’t change your past, you must accept yourself and work with what you have.
Accepting yourself for who you really are is the best way to live your life. It is not going to be easy, but you can do it. It requires YOU to do it. If you want other people to accept you, you must first accept yourself. Accepting yourself means accepting your bad habits, your imperfections, your failures, your mistakes, and your negative emotions. Everything!
Stop beating yourself up. That is not the way to love yourself. That is not the way to love your life. The best way to love your life is to love yourself. It does not matter how ugly you are, you must be comfortable with yourself. Because no one is like you. Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Compare yourself to yourself. Instead of beating yourself up for what you don’t like about yourself, why not love yourself. Whatever you don’t like about yourself, change it. If you don’t change it, no one will change it for you. Because it is your problem, not theirs.
It is your responsibility to change your life, not to beat yourself up. Beating yourself up is not going to help you get better. It is going to make everything worse. Because on one is perfect in life. You can’t get everything right in your life. But you can get something right. Your responsibility is to focus on what you are doing right, not what you are doing wrong. Accept whatever you have. If it is not what you want, make it better. If you can’t make it better, let it go. Don’t live your life in denial. If something is not good for you, get rid of it.
You are a human being. Accept that you are going to make mistakes from time to time. That is life. There is nothing you can do about it. If you are not ready to make mistakes, you are not ready to grow. You must stop beating yourself up. You must start loving yourself, your life. You are what you are. Nothing less, nothing more. Just accept yourself.
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