When I was in High School, I remember looking in the mirror first thing in the morning and pointing out all of my flaws. Things like, “are you kidding me with that zit!? I wish my hair were thicker. I’m getting flabby ‘teacher arms’, oh no!!” So many people, especially girls, have a hard time being kind to themselves. I love this quote by Elder Glenn L. Pace because he nails the issue on the head.
“Many Latter-day Saints know the Church is true but have unhealthy feelings about their own inadequacies, real or imagined. The scriptures inform us that we all have weaknesses and that there is a place for them in our spiritual progress: ‘If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness… for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them’ (Ether 12:27).
Too often we wallow in our weaknesses so much that we do not allow ‘weak things’ to ‘become strong.’ Our condition is frequently misdiagnosed as humility, when in reality it is a lack of confidence.”
How do we gain confidence? I want to propose to you some of the things that have helped me. First, remember that you are a Daughter of God. This will surely help us remember our value.
Secondly, work on being positive in your self talk! The easiest way to do that is by only saying things to yourself that you would say to someone you love. This will help us to realize our strengths and forget about the things we used to worry about like pimples and cellulite.
I challenge you to say something kind to yourself every morning for a week and record the difference it has made in your life! I love implementing small and simple things that I know will make a lasting impact.