How is it possible to accept yourself as you are, but identify areas to change?
I tend to hear this notion of self acceptance often. You should love yourself as you are.
I find this concept hard to digest.
I want to be stronger.
I want to be leaner.
I want to be more patient.
I want to be more calm.
These are things I’ve identified in myself as areas to improve.
If I accept my current state – and by accept I mean truly internally accept – does that not hinder my desire to improve myself?
I will be stronger.
I will be leaner.
I will be more patient.
I will be more calm.
I’m going to become that future version of myself because I won’t deem my current level of patience as acceptable. I don’t want to accept my current level of strength.
Now I’ll make a clear distinction – and perhaps this is where the acceptance part comes in:
I’m not content with where I’m at, but I am content when I do what I need to do each day to push me closer to this ever moving goal.
I find acceptance in the constant progression.
This innate want for something “more” is dangerous. I know there’s nothing out there that will fulfill me.
The things I strive for are all attributes that I hope will pay dividends in the long term.