Self-acceptance is really important. As someone who was bullied very badly as a child I’ll be the first to praise loving yourself even when others don’t. Self-acceptance isn’t very controversial, nor should it be, but it has its down falls when its taken too far. And I’m not talking about narcissism. I’m talking about when self-acceptance gets in your way of progress.
You should never be 100% satisfied with yourself. It’s dangerous, because it means that you don’t try to improve yourself. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be happy with yourself. You can accept yourself as being the beautiful work in progress you are. In fact, that’s what you should do.
We get spoken to a lot about self-acceptance, but we don’t get spoken to a lot about what it means to pick out your character flaws and work towards fixing them. Both these things are important. What goals can you make to improve yourself?
Everyone who has told you that you are perfect just the way you are isn’t being honest. You are amazing just the way you are, but you have a long way to go to reach perfection, and we should do everything in our power to make it as close to that as possible.
A lot of people stall out on self improvement because they think it’s not worth, but think what the world would be like if people just gave out because it was good enough like it was? We wouldn’t have made it very far and you won’t make it very far if you keep that same attitude.
What I’m saying is self-acceptance and self-love are so very important, but don’t let it get in the way of making improvements to yourself. You’re worthy of love and acceptance at every stage, but think how much happier you’ll be at the next?