Acceptance is hard for so many people with the world the way it is today. Intolerance and ignorance reign supreme in a time when we should be accepting everyone no matter what our differences are.
When you are little, how your parents and peers speak to you can make a big difference on how you accept yourself later in life. If you grow up hearing that you are a great person and are beautiful inside and out, you will most likely grow up with a great sense of self-acceptance. However if you are told that you are not good enough you will grow up with low self-esteem and will not accept who you are, even though what you were told was not true.
We often compare ourselves to movie stars and unrealistic societal expectations. What we fail to remember is that all the make-up and fancy clothes in the world should not define what a person should look like. Many confuse self-esteem as a term about vanity when in fact it is about accepting who you are as a person and believing in yourself and your abilities.
Know who you are as a person and what makes you special or unique. Some of these may be qualities that not a lot of other people have and are qualities that shape who you are. Knowing who you are is a great step to self-acceptance.
Write down, on a piece of paper, all of the great and unique qualities that you possess, or a special skill or talent you may have that sets you apart. List all of the good things going in your life, such as the fact that you have a place to live and a job, or even a nice car. Make a list of all the good things that people say about you, no matter how small you think they seem. Finally make a realistic list of goals that you hope to achieve and work on completing those goals. These all lead to the path of self-acceptance. Know who you are and love who you are.