How to be proud of yourself
In a society in which being yourself is a death sentence or at the very least a probable cause for discrimination, being proud of yourself is severely underrated. It is as though you are better off being your mask instead of your actual face. But, then again, how is that living? Why pretend to be someone you are not when you will never please everyone? Why beat yourself up for your mistakes when imperfect is the fabric of everyone? The messy, beautiful, yet invaluable fabric that is. How are you to learn how to be proud of yourself when society indoctrinates you with nothing but shame?
Well, that is the reason why this article was born. The inception of this article was born out of some serious soul-searching. And what I have learned is the power of accepting what is and by extension what could be. Perhaps your ideologies of what is acceptable are wrong. Perhaps they are quite simply not your own. In reality, you are not even the same person you were five seconds ago.
Super! We are just getting started, aren’t we? Before we go any further, just think about how much you’ve grown. Embrace the collage of all you were, all you will be, and all you are in this moment. With all you’ve got, express gratitude at the fact that no one can do it better than you.
So, how to be proud of yourself?
This article will examine the 7 tips to successfully do so:
- Focus on What You Do Right
- Let the Good Times Roll
- Let the Bad Times Slide
- Embrace Your Shortcomings
- Love Yourself Because of Who You Are
- Look at How Far You’ve Come
- Accept Where You Are Now
Focus on What You Do Right
Yes, there is at least two sides to every story. I am pretty sure there is something that you do better than anyone else. Without a doubt, this is not a competition. But rather, an opportunity to focus on what you wish to attract in your experience. Quite frankly, the more you focus on what you do right, the more you will be right. You didn’t hear me say, “the more you will do right.” That’s because pride is less about doing and more about being proud. Regardless of who you are, you are special in your own right.
Matter of factly, I’d argue that you are what’s right with this world. If you are reading this article legitimately, you are living proof of all that is special, divine, unique, and rightly guided. Again, you are going to make mistakes on your mindfulness and meditation journey. Yet, that is all according to divine plan. Let yourself fall, slip, or collapse, knowing that every distraction opens the possibility for even better focus, aim, and cultivated skill.
And while practice doesn’t make perfect, meditate on the following line, “‘cause he made you perfect, babe.”
Despite your highs and lows, you are moving in the right direction. Indeed, you are the infinite co-creator of your life. Whatever you say goes because you are a boss ***** and you know it!!! And, you were right this entire time, whatever you focus on grows. And so it is.
Be Proud to Let the Good Times Roll
To reiterate, why not be proud of yourself? Real talk, you don’t need to justify your pride. You are a mesmerizing rainbow of love, life, and celebration in the brightest, most stunning form. You don’t even have to explain yourself. Because you are alive and well (declare this!), your very existence is enough to be grateful for. And, while it seems elusive to express gratitude. Gratitude invites the good times to never stop rolling on through.
As you can see, it is your energy that determines how the energy in motion (e-motion) flows. Of course, this is on a spectrum that falls somewhere between for and against you.
No matter what situation you are in, you are the final authority. The deed is in your name and thus you decide whether you own your property or you let it own you. As a result, only you choose if you had a good time or otherwise. And for that reason alone, you must be proud of yourself. Isn’t it such a blessing to have a zest for living life to the fullest, or even a faction of that amount? What ever happened to being proud of who you are and letting your freak flag fly?
After all, you might as well savor the sun while its shining light on the fashion of your pride.
Let the Bad Times Slide
We pride ourselves in the knowing that we couldn’t grow without an equilibrium of sunshine and rain, right? Where do you think the term (of endearment) “save for a rainy day fund” originates? It all comes down to preparing yourself for the unpreparable. In other words, the unprecedented will do everything but knock on wood. Next thing you know, you entire life is flipped upside down and you’re somehow praying for a parallel universe to take all the pain away.
But guess what? Don’t fight the power. Don’t postpone the inevitable or avoid the rain. An umbrella can only do so much. When it rains it pours, right? Why not let the rain pour? Let the rain soak your clothing, your hair (that ain’t white girl shit), your pores, and your entire being.
Let the “bad times” purge you. Whenever there is friction, don’t keep forcing the envelope. Refrain from pushing your “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” agenda. Allow the bad times to slide. However, this doesn’t mean turn a blind eye.
See the situation for what it is and allow that to help you embrace yourself more. Take note of how this makes you feel, allow yourself to feel stuck, and move forward. The storm cannot last forever. Soon, the calm will be just around the corner.
And, in the aftermath, you’ll have your “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” and then some. Why settle for less when you are fated for better?
Embrace your Shortcomings and Be Proud
Celebrate your defects because it gives you incentive to improve, strive higher, and make wave. You are no more flawed, messy, or imperfect than anyone else. As with every shortcoming comes the potential to learn. Naturally, this is a matter of learning from your mistakes and thus allowing them to inform your new and improved essence.
To be honest, you wouldn’t be the person you are today if not for the mistakes you made yesterday. After all, life is a habitual, continuous, fluid series of trial and error. Try not to be ashamed of all the times you hit rock bottom. Just know that even in the valley times, you are the mountain. Indeed, accept the fact that while you are not always at your pinnacle, you are the pinnacle with the guts to embrace your shortcomings.
Be proud of yourself for not being immortal in the sense of never growing, sleeping, or changing. Accordingly, you are always mortal in the sense of eternal rebirth, youth, transformation, expansion, and momentum.
In the end, we must slow down to speed up. We must identity our shortcomings to eliminate them and thereby accentuate ourselves in the long run. Nonetheless, you are evermore golden.
To embrace yourself is to be proud of all that is the being of your timeless, divine, invaluable worth.
Love Yourself Because of Who You Are
That said, be proud of who you are because there is no one like you. To reiterate, you are one of a kind and there ain’t **** no one else can do about it. Matter of factly, only you can express pride in your own vein. As you can see, pride and meditation go hand in hand. Indeed, it is the process of loving every tint and shade of your DNA. God made you special and divine in your own delicate way.
Because of this, love is for you, not the other person. Be mindful of that fact that you come first. More often than not, we idolize and prioritize other people before ourselves. Yet, first and foremost, you must take care of yourself if you are to fulfill the same mission for everyone else. And, if you are surrounded by people who can’t love you for who you are, **** them.
You must love you for you. There are always going to be people who want to piss or crap on your mood. Despite this, your natural state of being is that of self-love at its highest vibration. If you are to be prideful about your identity, you must love yourself as this is your destiny. Essentially, real pride emanates from a frequency of love and understanding, not hatred and fear. Love the fact that you are who you are.
Even if you don’t know who that is, just know that you are on the right path. If loving yourself despite who you are is who you are supposed to be, then loving yourself because of who you are is who you are meant to be.
In the end, accept who you were born to be. You were born this way to be your greatest, most self-loved you. Embrace you!!!
Be Proud of How Far You’ve Come
Moreover, in more than one respect, you are like a caterpillar on the journey to becoming a butterfly. You are being refined with every breath you take. You are deepening your skill set and thus sharpening your assets. Above all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is no lie.
Celebrate the fact that you are still here to tell the story. Quite frankly, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t meant to be. If there wasn’t anything to be proud of, progress would cease. Indeed, you are very fortunate to come out on the other side of the pandemic. Perhaps you’ve gained more confidence. Perhaps you’ve set some boundaries that have led to significantly improved outcomes and relations.
Either way, you are a diamond fresh out of the rough. Try not to focus on the rough. Instead, focus on the diamond. The same concept applies to the calm and the storm. Your internal condition is indifferent to your external circumstances.
Matter of factly, your internal condition shapes your external circumstances. For instance, a sequel enhances the quality of the original and by extension itself. Why? How does it stand out as a worthy successor to its predecessor(s)? It embraces what did or didn’t work before to expand the universe thereof. Perhaps sans having to go bigger. And, for that reason, it is bigger and better simply by being what works best. As such, the sequel merely adds to the secret soul sauce of the original whilst standing on its own with a few clever, well-learned beats.
As you can see, the parts add up to the whole of the sum.
Thus, by embracing who you were and where you were at, you enhance the quality of how you experience, ultimately, the real significance of the past and more imminently, the future. Now, burst out the cocoon, spread your wings, and become one with the stellar wind of progress, growth, rebirth, and transformation. You are all-natural!!
Accept Where You are at Now
Remember, growth is rarely painless. More frequently, growing your wisdom teeth hurts like one **** of a mother******. Yet, this is necessary in regard to how to be proud of yourself. Without a doubt, it is your signature stamp of adulthood, mastery, wisdom, and the like.
Moreover, you don’t have to sport this like an I Voted sticker nor do you have to stamp it on a piece of mail. Matter of factly, all the mail you need is within your ever-expanding soul. You are the complete package of the signature stamp. Thus, you have everything you need to get from point A to point B and every other point on the map. But, your level 10 is neither equivalent nor measurable to another’s level 35 or 67. We all grow, mature, and develop at different speeds, rates, and velocities. That’s okay. Be proud that you have the inborn propensity to exalt, elevate, and ascend.
Even at rock bottom, you have an entire mountain to look forward to. The top of the mountain is only a fraction of the story. The sky is NOT the Limit. In other words, there is always room up at the top. If anything, we have too many people at the bottom. Interestingly enough, your success is neither dependent on another nor vice versa. After all, we live in a rich, abundant, infinite universe in which potential reigns Sovereign & Supreme.
Because of this, you shall rise like the Phoenix you are. Yes, you are a lil’ bad***. And, right now, embrace the winds, however hollow, and enjoy the climb. You are in for quite the exhilarating, thrilling, sensational adventure.
In the end, be proud of where you are today. You made it. You are on the path. Walk the talk.
All you need to do is be one with the moment. No judgment. No shame. All pride (as in all-star). The type of pride of a lifetime.
Above all, you are greatly needed in this world. Let your love and light emanate. Be different. Be novel, unique, authentic, and most importantly yourself. To clarify, I am not asking for immoderation. I am asking for you to look in the mirror with the most infectious, gleeful, vivacious pride. In conclusion, how to be proud of yourself is to not only accepting where you are but also embracing the fact you made it through hell and back.
P.S. Thank you reading my article
Feel free to comment, like, and share my content. Also, there is nothing wrong with loving who you are. We live in color for a reason. Sure, we are messy, flawed, imperfect, and biologically defective but that’s what makes us so mesmerizing, special, talented, wonderful, invaluable, and most importantly human. Faults all, be proud — it’s your rightfully heir to the throne, it’s your birthright! Yes, pride is your birthright!!!
Don’t forget to 🎵 to the tenth anniversary of “Born This Way.”
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