So far this week we’ve talked about living – or being true – to your core values and what you believe. The next step is to take a close look at your life and circumstances and be honest with yourself about where you are right now. This can be difficult, especially when we are bombarded every day with the “perfect” lives of those around us on social media. We want to project an image that everything is fine, we are successful, and things couldn’t be better – yet the reality is quite different.
Consider this: If you aren’t honest with yourself about your current situation – be it your health, your finances or your emotional well-being – you can’t do anything to fix it.
It’s hard to be honest with yourself, but at the same time, it can relieve a lot of stress and anxiety in your life. For example, if you are having financial difficulties because of a job loss, yet you tell no one and keep living (and spending) as if everything is OK, you’ll create a bigger problem for yourself than if you were to cut down on your expenditures, and live a little more frugally for a season.
Honesty is a lifelong process. It involves evaluating each situation and sometimes making hard choices. Over time, you will see changes in your outlook on life, you’ll have the peace of mind to know that you are doing what’s best for yourself, and, above all, you’ll be able to change your world.
By defining and being true to your core values and being honest with yourself, you are, in fact, valuing yourself and becoming the person you are meant to be. It may not be easy, but it is worth it!
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