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Why Calling Yourself Out Matters

I am aware of my flaws. I have called myself out numerous times. From bingeing on salty food to making little blunders during the flight, an inner voice would pop up and say, "Hey, Joana, that's enough! Let's fix that right away!”

It was a long and bumpy ride to be what I am today.

Even if other people don’t immediately notice our mistakes, we should not simply shrug them off. We should create ways to fix our errors without others pointing them out for us. If our instincts warn us that we made a mistake, we should accept, forgive ourselves and resolve it right away.

As humans, we must recognize that we are not flawless. We trip, stumble and fall every now and then. Yes, we wanted everything to go as perfectly planned, but there are a lot of things that happen beyond our control. The older we get, the more stubborn we become. We feel wiser, thus, humility gets harder and harder to swallow. There’s no age limit to being afraid of pointing out our own mistakes — and promising to do better next time.

Calling ourselves out is a form of self-discipline which entails the ability to own our shortcomings, and embrace change. If we want to change something in our life, we must begin the change process within ourselves.

Recognizing our flaws is the first step toward self-actualization. Let’s turn weaknesses into strengths.

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