It’s February, and love is in the air — but this year, it’s time to focus on loving yourself before buying somebody else a dozen roses. Poor self-esteem is an epidemic that affects people on both a personal and professional level, and it’s incredibly difficult to be a loving and kind person when you don’t first love yourself. People who have a healthy amount of love for themselves do better at work, in relationships, and in life, and everybody can benefit from treating themselves with a little (or a lot) more respect.
That’s why this Valentine’s Day, your challenge is to figure out what’s great about you. Sound intimidating? It’s not! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Look over your CV and highlight your accomplishments
  • Ask friends about what qualities they admire in you
  • Ring your parents and ask them what makes you outstanding
  • Talk to the last person who hired you and ask them why
  • Think of the biggest challenge you’d had, and how you overcame it

Gather one or more loveable qualities about yourself from your research and write them down on a piece of paper somewhere you’ll see it for the rest of the month. Once you’re highly attuned to what makes you wonderful, look for that quality in other people. Are you particularly generous? Understanding? Motivated? Funny? Whatever it is, seek out others who share the same quality, and see how they are using it to accomplish their goals and improve the world.
When you can see clearly how others are using their best qualities out in real life, you’ll be inspired to do the same — and you’ll see how valuable and lovable you really are.

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