On the list of some transformation essentials, we have briefly commented on create, align, embrace and discover – create yourself, align yourself, embrace yourself, discover yourself – and now accept yourself.
Too often, and too many people have lived in regret, shame, fear and even misery because they are not who “they could have been”. They have been uncomfortable with who they are, because they have been told who they could have been. Or because they have been criticized for being who they are.
Napoleon Hill observed: “Close friends and relatives, while not meaning to do so, often handicap one through ‘opinions’ and sometimes through ridicule…Thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them through life, because some well-meaning but ignorant person destroyed their confidence through ‘opinions’ and ridicule”.
It is not only friends and relatives who inculcate images of who one should have been. Society, in general seeks to “clone” its members. Schools – from very early age, for example – strive to make pupils into what society desires.
When one is considered unfit or different, the resultant indifference or ridicule can have life-long effects on the individual.
We are who we are by intention and for a purpose and these are beyond the designs of friends, family and society. Accept who you are because the Creator made the perfect image. If the Creator accepts us, we ought not do otherwise..