Exploring Self-Acceptance

Exploring Self-Acceptance

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Today, I’d like to discuss a topic that really resonates with me: the journey towards embracing compassion.

Feelings of unworthiness

Throughout our careers, many of us have encountered moments of self-doubt that linger in the background. Despite our achievements there can be a feeling of inadequacy that colors our perception. This feeling often referred to as the “Trance of Unworthiness”, or “Self-Judgement” doesn’t necessarily reflect reality and stems from ingrained beliefs that we have the ability to reshape.

Identifying those pesky voices

These pesky voices of self-judgement represent a space where past criticisms and negative self-talk replay in our minds, leading us to believe we are lacking in some way. It’s not a voice but rather a quiet whisper that influences how we see ourselves and consequently impacts our behaviour and relationships. Acknowledging this trance is crucial for instigating change.

Exploring Self-Acceptance

Embracing Moments of Reflection

Radical compassion begins with taking a moment to pause, making a decision to halt the stream of thoughts and emotions in order to connect with the present moment. This pause isn’t about being inactive; it’s about engaging with our inner feelings and observing the emotions that arise without immediate response.

Exploring our thoughts with curiosity rather than judgement can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves. By questioning why certain thoughts surface, delving into their origins and recognizing their recurring patterns, we pave the way for self-compassion to blossom.

Shifting from self-criticism to self-care is key in combating feelings of inadequacy. It involves replacing the dialogue with one that is gentle and supportive, focusing on nurturing not only our physical needs but also our mental well-being.

When we foster compassion within ourselves, it naturally extends outward to others. This profound compassion goes beyond self-love; it embraces a perspective that acknowledges the shared human struggles and aims for collective empowerment.

Taking steps towards embracing compassion sets us on a path. As someone who guides individuals in leadership and happiness matters, my role is to support this journey by encouraging professionals to break free from thinking and embrace a narrative—one that recognizes their inherent value and contribution to the world.

By integrating these values into our leadership approaches and organizational environments, we can move towards creating workplaces that are more empathetic, understanding, and ultimately thriving.

Let’s shift our focus from feeling inadequate and embrace a mindset of empathy that leads to self-assurance and genuine leadership.

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Beatrice Redi

Coach, mentor and leadership development