Today is the day that I decide to start practicing Self Forgiveness
October 10, 2016
Do you hold yourself to an unachievable standard of perfection? Never allowing yourself to make a mistake, never allowing yourself to be anything less than exactly what is needed? How unrealistic is that! No wonder it’s not showing up for you. So many of us are doing this, we live in a highly guarded, protected version of the world that we feel safe in so that we don’t stuff up. We play small and shoot low as we don’t want to bring attention to ourselves, we don’t want to make a mistake, be embarrassed or make the wrong move. What a scary way to live! This small, guarded and unauthentic living leads to misery, sadness, unfulfillment and stress!
Instead, what would happen if you were to give yourself permission to live big, take risks, follow your heart and trust your intuition? This is surely a more exciting and happier way to live…so why don’t we do it?
Many of us don’t know how to practice self forgiveness, we make a mistake, we stuff up, we are hurt or we hurt others and we never allow ourselves to move forward. We are hell bent on staying stuck in that emotional pain for one of two reasons. One, we stay here so that we are reminded never to do it again and we start playing safer or two, we do not know how to move forward from this pain. The answer to both is self forgiveness. Drop the perfectionism and the delusion that you are never allowed to make a mistake. Make amends with others and then spend double that time making amends with yourself.
Until we can laugh at ourselves, forgive ourselves for acting stupid, being nasty or being less that we know we can be we will never move forward! Self forgiveness is the only way to build a bridge and move forward! Step into the now, practice forgiveness and lighten up! It’s ok to make mistakes, perfectionism is a delusion. Instead of aiming for perfect try shooting for the best I can do while I learn and grow. This is far more realistic, here we allow ourselves to be imperfect and enjoy our lives so much more.
Spend some time today making a list of all the things that are holding you back and forgive yourself and let go. Moving forward in learning and growth is all we are here for and you can start doing this better today by practicing self forgiveness…
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