What it means to love yourself

​I have always stressed the importance of loving yourself.

Where I come from, if somebody says that you love yourself; it is intended as an insult. But, loving yourself is the most natural thing in the world.

It is not about having fancy ideas and notions about yourself. Love is a verb and as such, loving yourself is just about taking the necessary actions each day to ensure that you are putting yourself front and centre in your life.

Loving yourself is not theoretical, it is practical and it is something which should be a daily practice because, you cannot give to others what you do not have for yourself.

When you ensure that your own needs are met in life, you are in a much better position to love and serve others.

In fact, when you love yourelf, you:

  • ​Develop a confidence and self-belief which is infectious
  • Acquire more knowledge and skills which you can use to help others too
  • ​​Become a role model who sets a positive example for others
  • ​Accept others for who they are and, encourage them to pursue their own goals and dreams

​These are just some of the many ways that loving yourself allows you to be of greater service to both yourself and others.

The most important thing to realise is that you don’t need anyone else’s permission to love yourself.

In the video below, Les Brown, outlines the simple, practical steps you can take each day to love yourself and, be the best you can be.

Of course, in doing so, he explains how you will be of greater service to others.

Check out the video below:

​Key Takeaways

​The following are some of my key takeways from  this talk:

  • Loving yourself is not just OK, it is essential
  • ​​Surrrounding yourself with the people who bring the best out of you is loving
  • ​​You can't help others if you don't help yourself
  • ​​​Giving yourself permission to live your life, on your terms, is the most loving thing you can do for yourself.
  • ​You can't wait for others to work out what you need; you must be open and honest about it

​Unlock Your Self-Esteem

In this talk, Les talks about the importance of loving yourself, which is the foundation of self-esteem. 


If you need to imporve your self-esteem, check out Unlock Your Self-Esteem.


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