How to accept yourself, your life and your reality

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Accepting your reality

Accepting the reality of your life sounds like it should be easy - but many people hold on to their own version of reality. It may be based in regret, disappointment, denial or just waiting for something better.
You can do something for yourself by giving up the fictional version of your life and learning to accept yourself, your life and your reality. Even if your situation is terrible, the first step is to acknowledge it for what it is.

Ways to cope with reality


Accept yourself - this means acknowledging both the good and the things that need improvement


Acknowledge your reality - accepting your current situation can make you happier in the present and lead to a better future


Practise radical honesty - denying your current reality will not make it go away


Identify your part - it is important to acknowledge any role you may have played, good or bad, in getting where you are

Ways to cope with reality


Admit your mistakes - view your mistakes as learning opportunities instead of failures. Realise that you are the only one who can change your reality


Own your outcomes - work towards owning every part of your reality


Don't let fear get in your way - especially those fears about what others think of you


Count on your competencies - make a list of your strengths, the values you hold and your accomplishments

Ways to cope with reality


Let go of your biases - don’t get caught up in the life you think you are supposed to have, but work on creating the reality you are meant to live


Accept that struggle will always be part of your reality - don't shy away from challenges, but rather wade into the struggle and get comfortable with operating there


Make a plan for reaching your goal - break your goal into small steps that you can accomplish to build your confidence

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