If you don’t love yourself, you will not be able to love anyone else.
If one of your friends or co-workers made a mistake, would you berate this person by calling her an idiot or making her feel worse? Of course
you wouldn’t. You know she’s only human, and we all make mistakes.
You’d likely tell her not to worry about it and console her to make her feel better.
Why, then, do we beat ourselves up over making the same mistakes?
Why do we focus on our flaws and weaknesses? Why do we have so little compassion or understanding for ourselves? Why do we show respect and forgiveness toward others, but not to ourselves?
Check in with your self-esteem for the answer to these questions. Self-esteem affects every area of our lives.
Our barometer reading of self-esteem has a direct correlation to our projected levels of success. Why is this so?
The first stop on the road to building self-esteem is self-love. The ability to love, accept, forgive, and believe in ourselves plays a huge role in determining our level of self-esteem.
Our relationship with ourselves is the most important one we will ever have in our lives. It is more important than the relationship with our parents, spouse, or even our children. Our relationship with ourselves also affects all other relationships, so if you don’t love yourself, you will not be able to love anyone else.
This statement bears repeating: If you don’t love yourself, you will not be able to love anyone else.