The Greatest Love of All
Adam Clark of Gay Life Coach offers his five practical tips to help you to celebrate the fullness of who you are.
1. Value yourself
Make a list of all the things that make you who you are. What makes you special? What gives you your character? You may have some interesting hobbies, or the story of your life might be one of survival against the odds. Write down all the things you can think of that mark you out. And value them. So many people take their stories for granted. They don’t see that the fact that they have got to where they are shows strength and determination.
2. Be positive
No matter what happens in life, you control your attitude to it. You can choose to see events as confirmation that you are destined to fail and to be unhappy. Or you can choose to see the same events as spurs to hasten you on the path to greater success and fulfilment. It’s all about your attitude. Listen to what you tell yourself. Are you telling yourself that you’re a failure, that you don’t deserve to be loved? If so, decide to rewrite the script.
3. Take control of your life
The happiest people I know are those who have taken responsibility for their own lives. They don’t blame others for who they are. It is such a waste of energy to rail at the world, your family or the gods. Instead, accept where you are and take responsibility for changing it. If your job drives you up the wall, what are you doing about it? What steps are you taking to find another one? What is your attitude to the tasks you have to perform? Do you do them grudgingly, or do you do them to the best of your ability? Even dead-end jobs can be opportunities for growth and learning if you decide to use them in that way. Nobody else can make you happy, healthier or more fulfilled. Catch yourself if you are tempted to blame others and take control. You will see the results.
4. Live in the moment
Don’t kid yourself that you will be happy once you have that job/boyfriend/car. The only place to be, and to be happy is in the now. If you find yourself thinking wistfully about the past, wondering what would have happened had you made different decisions, stop. You are where you are. Positive acceptance of wherever you find yourself is the key to feeling good about yourself.
5. Take action
Steps one to four all lead to this point. What are you going to do to change your life for the better? How would your life be different if you really did love yourself? What are the steps you need to take to bring this about? It’s important to start with small things, things that will give you a greater sense of being in control. You could look for ways to make your work more of a challenge. For example you could decide to offer a smile to those you meet today, or to be civil to that colleague you loathe. The important thing is to do something. As you take action, your sense of being in control of your life will grow and you’ll deepen your belief in your abilities. You will find it easier to have a positive attitude and value yourself.
To read more about how Adam Clark and Tony Dines of Gay Life Coach help boost the self-esteem of gay men, visit their website.
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