If you never see you're wrong, you'll never be right.
The act of accepting anything about yourself is called acknowledging, and it's by far one of the toughest things a human can do.
In a world where it's easy to get lost in the illusions of denial, "acknowledgment" is the essence of self-awareness.
It shines a light on our darkness.
Try it yourself.
The next time you face criticism, feel like something about you is "off," or hurt someone you love, take some time to acknowledge those parts of yourself.
We are all protagonists of our own stories, the fundamental definition of "good" in our worldview. To look at yourself and say, "I'm wrong," is a direct attack on the script we tell ourselves.
This can be scary.
It requires you to face your vulnerabilities and confront the parts of yourself that you may not be proud of.
But please, don't fear walking through this darkness. I promise change is on the other side of it.
Instead of mindlessly existing in the shackles of denial, take a step back and look at yourself.
Yes, you're the protagonist, but even Spider-Man struggles with work-life balance, Harry Potter's recklessness endangers others, Walter White's pride and ego fuel his addiction to power, and Sherlock Holmes's intellect makes him dismissive of others' feelings.
You're not immune to flaws, either.
Confront them. Acknowledge them. So that you can change them.
Once we acknowledge our flaws, we stop turning a blind eye to their grip on our lives. It transforms from a silent killer to a nagging companion, relentlessly reminding you it's holding you back from the person you desire to become.
Acknowledgment holds the power of liberation.
It offers us a path towards healing and growth, a chance to rewrite the narrative of our lives.
If you can train yourself to acknowledge your dark side, you will be able to initiate growth at will.