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When sincerity is tested

Like the old saying goes, talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words.

It’s easy to say the right thing, especially when times are good and what we’re committing to is convenient.

However, when our commitments pull us between what we want for ourselves versus what we committed to doing for someone else, that’s when our sincerity is tested.

But what defines our sincerity?

Is it how we want to appear to others or how we live by the values that we stand for?

The moment we’re focused on what others think of us, we play to the responses that we want from them, even when we’re doing something good.

The problem with this is that without realising it, our motivation slowly shifts from living by our values to how we are perceived by others.

That’s the beginning of how we lose ourselves to the attention that we get from others.

More than this, the lower our self-respect, the more inclined we’ll be to say the right thing while finding it difficult to do the right thing.

That’s when making excuses for our behaviour becomes easy when others challenge us about the commitments that we haven’t honoured.

This is an indication of a low level of self-respect.

Self-respect is tainted when we lack gratitude for who we are.

The more we dismiss the value of who we are, the more we’ll need validation from others. Hence the unhealthy cycle of focusing on what others think of us, versus being true to who we are.

We’ll only be true to who we are if we truly value who we are.

For this reason, don’t expect sincerity or consistency from one who is self-loathing. And realise that you are self-loathing when you struggle to be consistent or to follow through on the commitments that you make to others.

It always starts with you.

#sincerity #action #conviction #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #selfawareness #selfrespect #mindfulness #inspiration #selfworth #lifecoaching #zaidismail #loveyourself

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