Loving yourself is easier when you possess self-awareness because you understand who you are at a deeper level and are able to live authentically. A lot of people walk through life barely liking who they are and it shows in their thoughts and actions toward themselves and others, including behaviors like self-sabotage, unhealthy relationships and not pursuing their dreams. If you don't love yourself, you'll have a difficult time discovering the real you because it will remain hidden until you're ready.
The key to being happy in life and genuinely loving who you are is to understand your strengths and areas for improvement. Take a careful look at the things you think, feel and do that bring you success and those that don't and work on improving the areas that need some attention. Loving yourself is an ongoing process of looking at yourself, keeping the things that build you up and letting go of the stuff that holds you back. As you do more positive things in life, you'll grow to admire the person you've become. What will you do to start loving yourself?