The simple guiding principal that changed everything in Kamal Ravikant’s life, was to radically love himself in every action he did, every word he said. This revelation has touched the hearts and minds of world leaders, catapulting him from a deep depression into a life firmly rooted in purpose and action. In this bestselling self published powerhouse, he shares his personal struggles and how how his mantra became the catalyst that saved him.
My key Takeaways from “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It" by Kamal Ravikant
Takeaway #1 “I Love Myself”
Loving yourself takes practice but isn't as difficult as you might think – You just need to tell yourself “I Love Myself” throughout the day. It doesn't matter if you don't believe what you're saying, say the mantra often enough, remain open to the possibility of loving yourself, and it will become automatic with the neurons in your body and mind responding so that as you love yourself, life loves you back.
Listen to music that you love whilst repeating “I Love Myself” in your mind. Do some breathing exercises whilst you listen – Inhale > “I Love Myself” > Exhale > Let go of all of your thoughts, relax and trust in the process.
As you progress ask yourself the following question; If I loved myself fully, would I limit my life to what I previously thought possible? The answer is a big fat No! Asking this question shifts you into a self love mindset. The more you think positive, loving thoughts about yourself the stronger those feelings get.
Takeaway #2 Don't Hide
You don't need to hide or run away from depression, anxiety, or self hate. Any negative thought that you have is a darkness and darkness is simply an absence of light. Our thoughts do have power over us so stop the negative mental loop and return to the light by repeating “I Love Myself”. Say it with meaning. Repeat it over and over with more and more passion. Make this your truth.
Takeaway #3 Don't Stop!
When things are going well and we're feeling happy we have a tendency to stop taking the action that got us to this joyful place. Keep saying the mantra, keep loving yourself.
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It Chapters
Chapter One - The Vow
Chapter Two - The Manual
Chapter Three - The Lesson
Best Quotes from Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
“This day, I vow to myself to love myself, to treat myself as someone I love truly and deeply - in my thoughts, my actions, the choices I make, the experiences I have, each moment I am conscious, I make the decision I LOVE MYSELF.”
“This I know: the mind, left to itself, repeats the same stories, the same loops. Mostly ones that don't serve us. So what's practical, what's transformative, is to consciously choose a thought. Then practice it again and again. With emotion, with feeling, with acceptance. Lay down the synaptic pathways until the mind starts playing it automatically. Do this with enough intensity over time and the mind will have no choice. That's how it operates. Where do you think your original loops came from?”
“As you love yourself, life loves you back. I don't think it has a choice either. I can't explain how it works, but I know it to be true.”
“The key, at least for me, has been to let go. Let go of the ego, let go of attachments, let go of who I think I should be, who others think I should be. And as I do that, the real me emerges, far far better than the Kamal I projected to the world. There is a strength in this vulnerability that cannot be described, only experienced.”
“Real growth comes through intense, difficult, and challenging situations.”
“Here we are, thinking that one needs to be in love with another to shine, to feel free and shout from the rooftops, but the most important person, the most important relationship we'll ever have is waiting, is craving to be loved truly and deeply.”
“So I return to the question, "if I loved myself, truly and deeply, what would I do?" The answer comes easy: I'd fly. Fly as high as I possibly can. Then, I'd fly higher.”
“If I loved myself truly and deeply, would I let myself experience this?”
“The truth is to love yourself with the same intensity you would use to pull yourself up if you were hanging off a cliff with your fingers.”
“It's easy to wish for health when you're sick. When you're doing well, you need just as much vigilance.”
“Darkness is the absence of light.”
―Kamal Ravikant - Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
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Tal Gur is a location independent entrepreneur, author, and impact investor. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His most recent book and bestseller, The Art of Fully Living - 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World, has set the stage for his new mission: elevating the next generation of leaders to their true potential.