The first step of personal growth is self-acceptance.
Most think that is a pass. By accepting who we are we also excuse our weaknesses and accept our deficiencies. That's not what self-acceptance is about at all. Personal growth cannot take place if we fail to understand who we are. Personal value cannot arise if we do not accept ourselves as we are. Personal-awareness cannot develop without seeing ourselves in our entirety.
By accepting who we are we acknowledge the starting block we are in; the raw material we have to work with.
From there the only way to go is up.
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