Are you hyper-critical of yourself? Do you judge yourself mercilessly? Or maybe you compare yourself to others constantly, always coming up on the short end of the stick. Perhaps it’s time to embrace your imperfections. Accepting yourself exactly as you are right now – in all your glorious messiness – could be the doorway to a happy, fulfilled life.
We all have imperfections. As a life coach, I’ve witnessed more often than not, so many women abhor their flaws; harshly criticizing themselves for not being perfect. We get constant pressure from the media to be young, thin, and happy-go-lucky. But how unrealistic is that? When we allow these messages to take up residence in our thoughts, we end up feeling like a failure, which often leads to feelings of self-hatred.
If you want to learn to love yourself more deeply, the key is to embrace your imperfections.
Let’s look at the benefits embracing your imperfections can deliver.
See the Positive Side of Your Imperfections
When you start to embrace your imperfections, you’ll see them more positively. Believe it or not, there are some positives to imperfections. For example, if you suffer from anxiety, you may beat yourself up for not being able to do certain things that come naturally to others. However, the upside of anxiety is that it often makes you more compassionate toward others.
Flaws also make you more relatable to others, which makes you more attractive than you might realize. Get curious about your flaws. Look for the positives in your flaws and realize that they make you beautiful.
Liberate Yourself from Judgement
When you constantly dwell on your imperfections, it can weigh you down because you’re under constant scrutiny. But embracing them removes the burden to be perfect, which helps set you free to be who you are. Nothing is more liberating than living your life without the constant pressure of your own unrealistic expectations. Once you accept your flaws, you are more open to cultivating self-love.
Be Your Most Authentic Self
When you are so focused on your imperfections, it can stop you from being who you truly are. Which is sad because God made you as a gift to others. Dwelling on your imperfections causes you to withdraw from the world around you. However, when you lovingly accept your imperfections, your authentic self will shine through like a beacon of light, which magnetically draws others to you.
So, if you feel like you have lost who God meant for you to be, try letting go of your need to be perfect.
Live a Healthier Life
Living your life constantly focused on your imperfections just isn’t healthy for you, emotionally, spiritually, or physically. Judging yourself releases stress hormones, which negatively impacts your body. It impacts your attitude and perspective on life, causing anxiety and depression.
The thoughts you think about yourself can actually have a negative impact on your health. So, if you want to improve your overall health and wellbeing, you’ll want to embrace your imperfections.
These are just some of the reasons it’s a good idea to learn to embrace your imperfections. While it may seem unrealistic at first, with practice you can start to think more positively about your flaws.
Remember, despite the glamorous pics you see others posting on social media, nobody is perfect (not even you). The sooner you accept this and realize that it’s OK to not be perfect, the happier you will be.
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Hello, I’m Patti! I’m a Christian Life & Money Coach, Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach, Health Coach, writer, and former retirement planner. I’m also an award-winning co-author of She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith (Redemption Press), and prayer warrior, serving on the prayer team at my local church.
My mission is to provide inspiration, coaching, tools, and resources to help you claim all the goodness and abundance God has for you.