Acceptance comes when we slowly begin to understand and care about ourselves and others …
Peace is a natural outgrowth of acceptance. – Anonymous
In my last blog, I asked you what new opportunities you’ll put your time and energy into this year. I offered seven steps, along with the Integrated Life Assessment and GUTS wheel as guides to help you become aware of where you are now, and what you want from life, before you decide on the actions to take. The goal of these activities is for you to answer the question, “Am I becoming the person I always dreamed of being or am I stuck somewhere?”
Accepting where you are, even if you are stuck, is, a good place to start when you’re considering what actions to take. Accepting where you are simply confirms that it is what it is… no denying it, hiding it or making excuses for it … it just is!
Acceptance is the first step in the change process; in doing things differently; in moving your life forward. Accepting yourself, people, places and things as they are, is freeing; It gets rid of your self-inflicted inner judge and jury. It stops the fighting against guilt, fear and anger as rulers in your life. When you accept people, places, things, situations and yourself as they are you begin learning to live at peace with yourself and others.
Acceptance opens the door to inner growth and leads you on a spiritual journey; a journey of trust.
Acceptance is not always easy, especially when it’s something you cannot change. You do not need to go through the acceptance process alone. When you accept it as a spiritual journey you can ask for help from a mentor, coach or counsellor; from the God of your understanding or a divine entity.
One of the best methods I use in accepting people, places, things, situations and myself is with prayer. A prayer I often say, and one I share with my clients, is The Serenity Prayer. As I pray and meditate on its words I apply them to
the various situations and circumstances in my life.
“Dear God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference.
Grant me patience for the things that take time;
Appreciation for all that I have;
Tolerance for those with different struggles; and
The strength to get up and try again, one day at a time.”
Say it daily … see what happens!
Hopefully, you’re taking a serious look at where you are and accepting the outcomes. If you’re challenged with where to initiate your change process, I’m offering a FREE 30-Minute “Moving from the Inside Out Coaching Session” to the first 5 people who respond to my offer. In this session you’ll create a crystal-clear vision for the kind of life you want to live, uncover hidden challenges that could be sabotaging your success, and leave the session renewed, reenergized and inspired to finally be on track to live the life you’ve always desired. Contact me now, click firstname.lastname@example.org.