When we are kids, we only compromise between what our parents want us to do and what we want to do. As we grow up, we begin to set goals for ourselves. Achieving personal goals feels great. However, failing to achieve them can be depressing. Although every life is filled with failures – some are not too severe and some are valuable lessons, failures make us feel weak and demotivated.
Every trait you possess can be viewed from both a negative and a positive perspective. If you are determined and do not give up easily, people might perceive this trait as stubbornness. If you are ambitious, others might call you greedy. If you are humble, they might say that you lack ambition. If you are cautious, then you might be accused of cowardice. Basically, it all depends on the environment in which you displayed your personal traits.
We have our own vision of ourselves, while others have a different perception. And the truth is somewhere in between. So do not take criticism too seriously and do not be self-absorbed all the time. Just learn to accept yourself and only work on the flaws that you truly wish to eliminate. Abandon the notion that you can become someone that everybody will admire and focus on being someone you would admire. If you try to impress everyone, you’ll end up forsaking yourself. Learn to accept yourself and give yourself some more credits.