And you can start practicing by being kind to yourself.
Most people ask me “how can I improve my presence and influence?” The answer is always the same. Start by being kind. Even if you’re a kind person, are you sure you’re kind enough to yourself?
“To love oneself,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Love comes easy on sunny days. When our self-esteem stands tall and we’re proud of all our accomplishments. However, rainy days remind us of all our faults, igniting our internal monologue which is usually full of harsh critique and non-constructive thinking.
Be kind to yourself. You can be honest and kind at the same time.