There isn’t a single person on the planet who has no flaw. A person’s identity is a combination of both their assets and their flaws. We have been so caught up by the pace of life that most of us don’t even think about self-reflection, let alone practice it. Many of our emotional and physical problems stem from one primary factor; not embracing our flaws. But don’t worry, because we’re here to remind you how important self-acceptance is and some important tips that will help you embrace your flaws with more ease.
Self-acceptance, as the word suggests, means accepting who you are as a whole, both on a physical and emotional basis. It is easier to accept our assets. Who wouldn’t want to boast about how great their body is or how calm and collected they act during stressful situations?
But have you ever tried owning your shortcomings? Or embracing your flaws, whether they’re related to how you look or how you act? If yes, you must know how difficult and painstaking it is. If not, well, that’s what self-acceptance is mainly about.
Some people have a hard time acknowledging and owning their good traits and qualities, which, in itself, is a flaw. Others are too acknowledging and become cocky and arrogant, which, too, in itself, is a flaw. So, self-acceptance as a whole means admitting to all of your physical features, emotional attributes, and different aspects of your personality, whether desirable or not, to you and the people around you.
Importance Of Embracing Your Flaws:
Embracing your flaws is the first and the most important step to self-acceptance. Adapting this habit can go a long way and provide numerous benefits that will help your physical and emotional well-being. Kristina Mand-Lakhiani has stated several advantages of acknowledging your faults and accepting yourself in her book: Becoming Flawesome. To summarize, self-acceptance starts with enacting these practices:
- Boosts your confidence: Have you ever felt genuinely hurt when someone taunts you about something you’re insecure about? Well, that’s because you haven’t accepted and embraced that insecurity, which might not even be a flaw. The day you start embracing yourself, especially your flaws, you’ll feel more confident about who you are.
- Makes you more compassionate: What’s the best ethical behavior when you discover someone else’s flaw? Should you become a critic and start judging them, or act like a jerk and taunt them about their insecurities? Or should you be kind and understanding? Embracing your flaws makes you more compassionate and even enables you to help others embrace their flaws.
- Self-acceptance leads to self-love: Admitting your shortcomings and embracing your flaws will lead you to self-acceptance, and only when you wholly and truly accept yourself can you start #BecomingFlawesome. #BecomingFlawesome means that you start to love yourself and accept the fact that you’re awesome because of your flaws.
Tips That Will Help You In Embracing Your Flaws
Embracing your flaws is easier said than done. You can’t just say to someone, “Hey, start embracing your flaws and watch your life become amazing,” and expect them to start doing so from the get-go. It takes a huge amount of courage and bravery to embrace your flaws, and these few tips could give you a significant head start in your journey of self-acceptance:
- Realize what’s bothering you: Sometimes, our flaws not only affect others but also have a negative impact on our personal lives. You’ll have to dig deep, but once you realize what’s bothering you, you’ll be able to embrace the flaw more easily.
- Analyze your actions: Without analyzing your actions and words, you won’t be able to realize any flaws, let alone embrace them. A famous scholar used to write down every conversation he had with anyone, and before going to sleep, he’d read everything he said during the day to know whether he said something wrong or not.
- Go see a therapist: Whenever people feel like there’s something wrong with their physical health, they see a doctor. They even go for routine checkups when there’s nothing wrong. Similarly, seeing a therapist is very significant for your mental health and can help you in embracing your flaws.
To sum it up, embracing your flaws can be your first step on your journey to #BecomingFlawesome and can also greatly impact your life. Instead of running from your flaws and hiding them under layers of pretending to be perfect, see the difference when you actually start seeing them as a part of your imperfectly perfect life.