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What is radical acceptance?


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In this video from Motivation District, viewers are directed to ponder the concept of “radical acceptance.” The goal of this video is to inform viewers that through motivation and discipline, they can change their worlds. The theme of radical acceptance is interwoven throughout the video. Radical acceptance is simply defined as the moment you stop fighting reality. It is when we stop responding with impulsive or destructive behaviors when things are not going our way. The term is often used in dialectic behavioral therapy but can translate to many other areas of our life. Through this acceptance, we can start to let go of any bitterness or discouragement that may be keeping us in a cycle of suffering. 

Radical acceptance can be applied to many different areas of our lives including our careers, interpersonal relationships, and relationships with loved ones. This acceptance should not be thought of as giving up but accepting the things that we cannot change. Through this acceptance, we can find true peace. 

The narrator also encourages his audience to continually practice this acceptance. In order to first do this, the narrator stresses that individuals must first achieve self-acceptance. Through self-acceptance, individuals can see more clearly the expectations others have instilled in themselves. These preconceived notions that have been instilled in us may lead to the development of a harsh inner critic. Often, these expectations are rooted in judgment and negativity. By practicing radical acceptance, those of us who often strive towards perfection, can take a step back from that and be more gracious towards ourselves. 

The practice of radical acceptance is an ever-evolving process. Throughout our lives, we will be presented with new experiences and situations that are outside our control. Because of this, new emotions will also arise. Because of this, previous methods of radical acceptance may not fully address these new situations. 

This video is a must-watch for those looking to redefine how they react to certain situations and who are looking to be more at peace with themselves. This video can be accessed here: 

 

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