What is Self-Love? (PART ONE of a 5 Part Series)
There is a big difference between being selfish, or arrogant, and self-love.
Many people confuse the two and may use it to manipulate you.
Self-love is the most selfless gift you can give yourself - It’s your duty as a child of God to treat yourself with respect and love as your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. "You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body." (1 Corinthians 6:19 & 20)
In the British dictionary of definitions, self-love is described as "the instinct or tendency to seek one's own well-being or to further one's own interest." Do not confuse self-love with selfishness, which is defined as "concerned with one's own interest and advantage, especially to the total exclusion of the interests of others"
Loving yourself doesn’t make you selfish, instead, self-love means caring about oneself, being confident and taking responsibility for oneself, to embrace oneself, with all of our imperfections, flaws, and rejections. To put it in other words, self-love means to be respecting yourself, knowing who you are, and having high self-esteem. Self-love is the foundation on which everything else is built on, and it should be solid to be able to live a good life where things will fall into place.
Do you love yourself?
Do you often feel that "I am not good enough"? Or do you sometimes feel that no one would notice even if You disappear off the Earth? Are you constantly comparing yourself to others? This will make you feel inadequate and does not do you any good. Don't compare yourself to others. Ever.
you CAN learn to love yourself completely. In fact, it is not even difficult to do. It's just a matter of surrounding yourself with the right people and familiarizing yourself with the right tools, and techniques, to help you master self-love.
In PART 2 we will be moving on, to starting to know the real YOU...
There are a few things we can do every day, including to eat healthy and exercise - that will help us to fuel our grey matter's thinking power.
"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear"
"He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."
By RS Kniep
Spending time with those who are wise reaps great benefits. In a similar way, hanging around with fools will bring harm. Read here what the famous Solomon had to say about this truth.
"He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." Proverbs 13:20
Like it or not, peer pressure is a reality for all of us, at any age. The people we hang with ultimately influence who we become. It is easy to think that as we mature, we move beyond all the silly influence of others, like it was when we were in school.
A closer look at humanity reveals something quite different: no matter the age, the social status, the location... people are drawn to be like one another, to follow each other, and to think as others think.
The writer of Proverbs knew this well. He pleaded with his sons to spend time with wise men, those of high moral character and lifestyle, because he wanted the best for them.
His use of the term "walks" in this verse is not by accident. Walking is a choice word; in this context it has the idea of a manner of life. It is a consistent, daily, step by step, progression through life.
In another sense, theHebrew term walks is used of going on a journey. So when one walks, it is the method he applies to get to his destination. That destination finds its finality at the end of life.
As in most of the Proverbs, Solomon uses a two-part comparison, wherein he takes a principle, illustrates it with a concrete image, and then gives the opposite. This principle of two teaching method emphasizes simplicity - the writer doesn't go on for pages saying the same thing over again or stating it in different ways. His brilliance is evident in his simplicity, his clarity. Here, in stating "the companion of fools will suffer harm" he assures the reader of what happens if you don't walk with the wise. Spending our lives with foolish people will eventually bring damaging results into our lives. And the application to us is clear: it is vital to choose companions who we want to be like.
I once knew a younger businessman who avoided people from his generation. He only spent time with older, successful businessmen. He would golf with them, have drinks with them, take them to lunch. Why? He wanted to be like them. He wanted to develop their mannerisms, habits, and schedules, because those men had made lots of the mistakes the younger guys were inevitably going to make, but had proven their skill in business by their ultimate success. He was walking with the wise men, instead of hanging with the fools.
In a vastly more important sense, we are to do the same with our spiritual comrades. If we want to live with wisdom, it's not going to happen by chillin' with idiots. It happens by spending time - walking - with those who have gone before, experienced the losses and victories life, and come through with genuine wisdom.
There's a journey ahead of us. Let's start now...
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To identify and acknowledge that fear is affecting you in your life,
is the first step towards overcoming any fear.
Getting through fear is one of the skills that anyone can learn.
"To identify and acknowledge that fear is affecting you in your life, is the first step towards overcoming any fear. See it as one of the obstacles you have to overcome that’s in your way, which you can pass. Once you put a fear back of you, you will gain a big boost to your confidence to take you to the next level" 52 Ways to Overcome Fear
There are many different types of fear. To name a few:
Fear of public speaking
Fear of being alone
Fear of being hurt
Fear of people
Fear of the unknown
Fear of rejection
Fear of strangers
Fear of losing out
Fear of not failure
Fear of loss
Fear of change
Fear of judgment
Fear of humiliation
Fear of success
Anyone can learn how to get trough fear, but many people hold on to their fears, as it’s part of whom they are. It is not easy but rather face your fears instead of avoiding it. In this way, fears power will be taken away and we can learn to defeat it. Push fear back and strip it of its power. Combat the feeling of fear and change it towards gratitude. Remind yourself of the silver lining in any situation.
Here are some strategies to cope with fear and anxiety.
"Anxiety and stress has become an accepted part of every day life. But for many people the symptoms can be so extreme that they find it hard to cope" 52 Ways to Overcome Fear
Do breathing exercises.
Take deep breaths. Inhale 7 quick counts and exhale slower than you inhaled.
Limit your social media.
Social media can raise anxiety levels if comparing your life with other people's profiles.
Maintain a positive attitude.
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Eat well-balanced meals.
Keep high protein energy-boosting snacks on hand and don't skip meals.
Limit alcohol and caffeine.
To much might aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
Get enough sleep.
When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
Partake in regular exercise.
You will feel good and be healthier.
Volunteer in your community, get a break from normal daily stress.
Write a journal.
What triggers your anxiety? Try to identify the patterns.
Talk to someone.
Talk to friends and family and of it don't help see your therapist for professional help.
"Everyone has had a dream at some point in his or her lives. Whether it's a couple dreaming about their first house, a science student dreaming of being an astronaut or a office worker dreaming of one day becoming a coffee shop owner - we all have dreams" 7 Dream killers & How to Overcome Them.
You had a dream in your heart. You believe God put it there, and you made the commitment to yourself that you would work hard and keep your eye on the goal... until a dream killer entered. You told your dream to someone you trust, hoping to hear encouraging thoughts, but instead you find your dream shattered to pieces.
It might not be the same today as it was when you were young, but do you remember yours?
What are dream killers?
Objects, your own negative thoughts, unsupportive people and situations are referred to as dream killers. Most people don’t know how to recognize them before they start to prevent you from achieving your full potential. There are many dream killers to be on the look out for, in this book we will in detail discuss seven of them.
Cut all the things out of your life, which are not doing anything positive for you, they are a weight pulling you back, preventing you from reaching your ultimate goal. Without all these negativities you will be able to relax a bit more, stress less, and reach your dreams a little sooner. Don’t let others steal your dream, giving them control over your life. Don’t’ allow all kinds of fear, self-doubt, negativity, and laziness to prevent you from the fulfillment of your dream.
Have faith and believe in yourself, even when others don’t.
Do not allow anyone to tell you that you can’t do something. Remember that hard work pays off. Hard work and commitment should lead you to endless possibilities. Tomorrow is coming whether you try anything new today or not. Do something with today; don’t just let it pass you by.
Remember, the only person’s approval you need is your own. Avoid allowing other people’s negative opinions to affect your desire to fulfill your dream. When you have a dream, it’s up to you to pursue it.
If you truly believe that you can do something don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way! Nothing worth having comes easy.
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