When it comes to relationships, I think we’ve all gotten to be pretty good with those. After all, we constantly interact with family, friends, peers, colleagues, patients, etc. We’re supportive, encouraging, and compassionate; otherwise, we probably wouldn’t be in medicine. These positive behaviors toward others are probably as natural as breathing, right? But why is it so hard to do this for ourselves?
Rarely do we actually give ourselves the credit we deserve, or at least for me, I find this to be very true. So I ask the question: why is unconditional self-love and/or self-acceptance so important?
Unconditional self-love gives you the strength and courage to take risks and go after your dreams. When you learn to love yourself, you choose work that is fulfilling (hence my decision to become a physician), create relationships that help you to grow, and spend time with those who are meaningful to you. When you love yourself, you set yourself up for a set of standards—standards that won’t allow you to settle for anything less because you know your worth.
By choosing to love yourself, you can impact those around you more positively and attract new, fulfilling opportunities. When you choose to live from a place of love, you become a leader—strong words. This statement always gets to me—my journey of self-love and self-acceptance has been a very long one. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: an innate sense of unconditional self-love and acceptance is the foundation for healthy and successful living as everything else will fall into place exactly as it is meant to be.
So, go on—I challenge you. Love yourself.