The Daily Man-Up: How To Practice Self-Acceptance

February 13, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Self-Improvement

How To Practice Self-Acceptance

Very few of us have, let alone know how to practice self-acceptance.

Stop and do a quick test with me:

Do you love yourself?

Every part of you – even your flaws?

If your answer is “well.. yes”

Then why do you feel social pressure?

Why do you feel hesitation, or fear, or anxiety?

I don’t mean to rub it in your face or anything…

But you feel those emotions because you don’t truly love yourself.

And you don’t truly love yourself because you haven’t learned to accept yourself – flaws and all.

See, the practice of self-acceptance is not one of change but one of mending.

It’s about bringing the two pieces together – your qualities and your flaws – and understanding that you can’t have one without the other…

That your unique makeup is a result of both.

Keys To Practice Self-Acceptance

“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm.

When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road.
But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet.
When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking.
This understanding extends to everything.”– Tsunetomo Yamamoto.

When people ask me what lead to the biggest change in me, I always say the same thing:

“I decided I was worthy”.

That’s it! That’s all!

I literally woke up one day and thought to myself “ya nope – this is the way I want to live. From now on, every girl is attracted to me, every guy is my best friend, and the Universe is conspiring to make me successful”.

And then I approached the world coming from that reality tunnel.

Here’s the coolest bit though: the practice of self-acceptance is not actually a practice…

It’s an instantaneous shift

Because it’s a realization that you are worthy.

You are worthy of the most beautiful, feminine, passionate, kind and inspiring women.

You are worthy of the most loyal, fearless and greatest friends.

You are worthy of the path you choose for yourself, even if the odds are stacked against you.

I’m not making an argument for laziness here…

I’m actually calling on you to work harder!

See for me, that practice of self-acceptance was a commitment to be better, no matter the cost.

My rationale was “Right – I’m going to work on being the best possible man I can be, and in the meantime I will invite others to be a part of my life because why not?”

I accepted that I’m not perfect, but I also accepted that I am worthy…

See this is the point I’m getting at…

When it comes to the practice of self-acceptance, always remember:

The price you pay for moving ahead is to accept the imperfections.

There will always be something that is out of your control.

But you dramatically improve the quality of your life and relationships if you choose to practice self-acceptance in spite of the hurdles.

There’s something magical about understanding that whether you run or walk, you’re going to get wet anyway, so you might as well dance, jump and splash around.

That’s how you create a magnificent life…

When you accept yourself – your flaws and all – you learn to have fun with it and all of a sudden nothing is quite as scary anymore…

In fact… Everything becomes a ton of fun!

– Patrick Ananda

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