With one day left in Operation: Self-worth, I know now that I’m gonna be in “fake it ‘til you make it” mode for the foreseeable future.

Today and for the rest of this month, I’m going to learn to like myself, or die trying. I’m going to concentrate on the positive things – not in my life, but in me. I need to learn, accept and know that me, alone, is enough.

Recognize the growth. I’m not actively hating myself today, and that’s a big plus. Taking it to the next logical step, i.e., a smile, is where the trouble lies. Not that I’m expecting 24/7 bliss; I’m not. It would, however, be nice not to spend large chunks of time marinating in bad vibes.

Limit the outside influences. Getting a snippy e-mail from my boss at 3:40 on a Saturday afternoon used to be the type of thing that’d “ruin” my weekend. Today, I’m able to roll my eyes and let it go. Taking everything personally is the quickest way I know to get resentful, wrong-sized and down on myself.

No need for comparisons. Finding different reasons that confirm I’m better than everyone else isn’t the healthy way to go about achieving self-respect. It needs to be about finding similarities that make us all human, and celebrating those things collectively. Realizing that we’re all in this together definitely relieves some of the pressure to be super-awesome around the clock.

For today: Pretend that I like myself. Who knows, some of it might stick.

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