Feb 17 – Accept Yourself, FIRST

When you cultivate unconditional positive regard for yourself, it's easier than to accept others for who they are as well.

When you cultivate unconditional positive regard for yourself, it's easier than to accept others for who they are as well.

Cheetah Certified Project Manager (CCPM) Tip of the Day

February 17 – How you think of yourself trumps what anyone else thinks of you. When you can accept yourself unconditionally, it doesn’t matter what others think of you. (Though you might find others accept you more as well).


Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP

When my children were younger, they struggled with the challenges of the meanness of their peers in the public middle school. I didn’t like what they were experiencing and I was the one who moved them back to the East Coast to further my career. I found a small private school that was different than most other private schools in the area, as they recruited and educated based on kindness and unconditional positive regard. It took very creative financing to fund that crucial education but it was worth every penny as they learned the life affirming concept of “self-advocacy.”

In a world where the anonymity of more impersonal communication approaches such as emailing and texting allows people to be far meaner than they ever would be in person, the concept of self-advocacy is something we need to practice at every age. Self-advocacy means you speak up for yourself in a way that is both affirming and kind when you need something different than what is occurring. It means you are able to seek out others who will support you in your journey, you know how to reach out to others when you need help and friendship, and you have the self-confidence to pursue your goals, dreams, and aspirations.

Learning who you are is a critical component of self-advocacy. The more you know why you do the things the way you do them, the better you can advocate for your best interests. As a Cheetah Certified Project Manager, you learn how your unique personality type impacts how you learn, do projects, and negotiate. Being able to say, “this is the best way I learn, this is how I can excel at doing my projects, and this is how I can most effectively negotiate,” creates solid footing to pursue the big goals of your life. It is this strong foundation that leads to strength of character to shake off any ill will others may have towards you. Plus, unconditional positive regard towards yourself helps you expand it to others. When you master this, you find it helps create amazingly positive relationships that makes it even easier to achieve your dreams and goals.

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