What does self-love have to do with your career success?
Over the holidays, I read Alyse Brautigam’s new e-book, Love Yourself: A 10 Step Guide to Becoming the Best Version of Yourself. While I do not follow the exact same diet principals as Alyse, I find immense value in her thoughts and ideas regarding the importance of self-love. As I was reading her book, I couldn’t help but think of how self-love applies to career success.
From self-love comes self-confidence, self-esteem, a healthier you, and just the general belief that you can succeed and be happy. When you love yourself and take care of yourself, you have a greater likelihood of being successful in ways that you may not have thought possible.
In the past, I struggled with self-love and it was not an unusual thing for me to put myself down, eat junk food all the time, not get enough sleep or get too much sleep, and doubt my ability to accomplish certain things in life.
I think that it’s normal for most people to go through some of these things at some point in life. However, I can honestly say that in the last year my personal and professional life has changed in a positive way; I attribute that change to the fact that I am practicing self-love daily.
If you think I’m giving you a load of crap, I urge you to hang around a little longer and let me explain how self-love has helped me achieve success.
I am going to share with you 5 ways that self-love has helped me in reaching my goals and becoming more successful.
- Increases Confidence in My Skills
By loving myself and appreciating my skills and experience, I have boosted my self-confidence. Because of self-love, I have invested time and money in improving my skills and gaining more experience in areas that help me in achieving my goals.
Improving my skills has enabled me to be more confident in my abilities, resulting in taking steps in my professional life that I would have never considered possible before.
- Provides Me with a More Positive Outlook
A huge result of self-love is the fact that I have a more positive outlook on life. In the past, I tended to lean towards more of a negative view of things, spending exorbitant amounts of time focusing on my failures. Now I can look at not only my successes, but also my failures with a positive point of view. I love who I am and my successes and failures are a part of me. Without those, I would not be the person I am today.
By being able to positively accept my successes and my failures, I’m able to focus on lessons learned and how I can utilize that knowledge in achieving my goals.
- Promotes a Healthier Me
Have you ever noticed that a person who loves herself tends to take care of herself? Take a look at one of the most healthiest people you know. Does that person display signs of self-love, confidence, and positivity?
Now, I do not claim to be the healthiest person, but I am a lot healthier than I used to be. My life was once sedentary, filled with junk food, and unhealthy habits. Now, I am more active, eating a mostly vegetarian diet, and incorporating healthy habits into my daily life.
Because of this improvement in my health, I have been able to work more clearly and focus on my goals.
- Encourages Valuable Relationships
Because of self-love, I am experiencing better relationships with family, friends, and contacts within my professional life. No longer am I afraid of speaking up about my opinions for fear of sounding stupid. No longer do I refrain from meeting new friends because I’m self-conscience about myself. No longer do I freeze before putting myself out there and introducing my Career Coaching services due to fear of the judgement of others.
Having the ability to confidently put myself out there has been a huge factor in my professional successes in the last year. It’s not only allowed me to develop a voice for myself, but has also introduced me to amazing people who I would not have met otherwise.
- Inspires Me to Do Meaningful Work
Self-love is the reason why I created Prepare to Tack. Because I love myself and because I believe that I am worthy of living in abundance and being happy, I made the decision to develop a career for myself—a career that allows me to do work that is meaningful to me. Self-love has taught me to believe that having the professional life I want is possible.
With each of these things in mind, I encourage you to start practicing self-love if you haven’t already. Once you begin, you will be surprised at how attainable your career goals will be. If you’re not sure how to practice self-love, Alyse’s book is a great place to start.
How has self-love affected your career success?