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Applaud Yourself
By Victoria Osteen - Jun 01, 2010
So often, it's easy to see the strengths and talents in other people, yet we tend to ignore the good qualities in ourselves. In fact, most people are their own worst critics, but really, we should be our own best cheerleaders. Now, I'm not talking about being egotistical or boastful, I'm talking about seeing the good in ourselves and applauding even the little accomplishments in our lives.

A negative attitude toward yourself not only sours your day-to-day life, but it hinders your personal growth. It keeps you stuck. In order to move forward, you have to learn to love yourself and accept yourself for who you are because the Bible says that if you don't love yourself, you can't love others.

Why don't you start today by reminding yourself of all the things you are doing right. And even though life may not have turned out the way you planned, remember, you are still here and you have value and purpose. Start looking at the positive things in your life and let them remind you of your God-given strength to move forward. Did you complete a project you'd been putting off? Applaud yourself. Were you nice to a difficult person in your life? Applaud yourself. Are you overcoming an addiction? Applaud yourself. You don't have to wait for other people to validate you. You have to know that God validates you, and because of that, you can validate and affirm yourself!

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Galatians 5:14, NLT).
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