Give Yourself Grace
Isn’t it funny how we are often struck down by ourselves? We get so caught up in numbers or success or work and when we don’t accomplish something, we beat ourselves up. It’s this crazy cycle that seems to occur. First we set our mind on something. We attempt to go after it, and most times we fail. Instead of picking ourselves back up and trying again, we keep ourselves down. We say we aren’t good enough to do that, or we aren’t strong enough to finish that last mile, or we aren’t skinny enough to ever fit in that dress. Truth is, the more we beat ourselves up the more often we’ll fail. We won’t try things in fear of losing. We won’t even set goals in case we don’t achieve them. We feel embraced, broken, and fearful. GIRL. STOP.
Seriously. One of my biggest pieces of advice to accomplishing your goals is to GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. You aren’t going to climb Mount Everest in a day. It takes time. It takes courage. It takes practice and perseverance and persistence. Most of all, it usually takes failing. If we never fail, we will never find out what we can’t currently do. We miss out on training to improve. We miss out on learning and growing. We miss the benefits that come with challenges. GIVE YOURSELF GRACE.
When everything is failing around you. When you are broken and afraid. When you are looking for a win. GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. Take a moment to realize that you might fail, but failing is okay! It shows us where we need to improve. It reveales areas we need to work on. Failing is the first step in success. Look up when you are on the ground. Don’t beat yourself up for missing that last rep or skipping a workout or not being as “fit” as you’d like.
Instead of wallowing in your mess-ups, GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. Speak words of truth and kindness. Tell yourself everything is okay. Love yourself for trying and giving it your all. When you treat yourself with respect, your mindset changes. You see the world differently. You begin to understand that everyone has failures. You see from a new lens. You aren’t defined by that slow mile or that extra pound. No, not even close. You aren’t defined by that failed relationship. You aren’t defined by someone else’s option. No, girl, just no. GIVE YOURSELF GRACE.
GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Give yourself kindness and love. Give yourself the ability to fail. Give yourself a reason to get back on your feet and try again. Give yourself life.
Personally, I have found that when I embrace that I have been given grace in my life, I am more likely to give it to myself. When I dwell on the verse, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV) I find a new outlook on grace. I notice that God’s gift of grace is even more important than giving it to myself. His grace is worth far more than any others’. If his grace is enough, his grace is sufficient, and his grace what really matters, shouldn’t I be all the more easy on myself? Shouldn’t I allow myself to fail and grow and be? Shouldn’t I feel compelled to give myself grace if the creator of the entire universe thinks I am worth it? I think so. I know so. Today, I will GIVE MYSELF GRACE.
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