I’m very into self-improvement. Whether it means being better at my job, healthier, smarter, kinder, or braver, I am all about it. My focus lately (like many women) has been on getting healthier. I miss the way I use to feel when I was quite a bit lighter. I felt more comfortable in my own skin and my energy level was much higher.
Naturally, being as on board with self-improvement as I am, I started to make lists and little goals to help me get closer to my big goal of being healthier. I also wrote out a new daily schedule to help me achieve my daily goals.
There is a lot of information out there about improving yourself. It is not hard to find self-help books, blogs, and apps on every subject. Whether you want to lose weight, become more emotionally stable, or be more organized, there is most likely a pinterest board and an instagram account out there somewhere that it dedicated to your same goals of self improvement.
While there is no lack of material on self-improvement, I do find it difficult to find information on loving and accepting yourself the way you are right now. Many people often mistake this for meaning that you no longer are dedicated to your self improvement plans but the truth is that you can stay dedicated to becoming the best version of yourself while loving and accepting who you are today.
As humans, we are constantly evolving. Our personality and choices are constantly changing. The way you feel about a certain subject today, may not be the way you feel about it a year from now or even a week from now. Similarly, the way you look today may not be the way you look a year from now. Our hope is always that we get better with time. Most of us hope to age well, gain wisdom and experience, and find success in our career fields. Having these goals, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t love and accept where you are on your journey today.
Are you struggling to keep your grades up while working a full time job? Be proud of that struggle and your perseverance. Are you working on becoming a kinder person who keeps their emotions under control? Be proud of the last few times that you managed to keep your cool. Are you having a difficult time saying no to cookies and yes to the gym? Be proud of the last time you turned down dessert and laced up your sneakers.
Big goals are not met over night and it is important to be proud of all the little goals that we achieve on the way. Don’t wait until tomorrow to realize how special you are. You have many things to celebrate about your life, body, personality, and accomplishments today so go ahead and celebrate them. You can still look forward to another celebration when you finally achieve your big goal but until then, accept yourself for who you are today and be thankful for your life. No one in this entire world is exactly like you, which makes you unique. Embrace, accept, and love who you are today and tomorrow will be that much better.