Success And The Self-imageJun 21, 2021
Having a positive self-image can make a huge difference in your level of success. According to Maxwell Maltz in his book Psycho-Cybernetics "each of us carries about with us a mental blueprint or picture of ourselves." This view is our construct of who we think we are. It is a reflection of our beliefs, which we have subconsciously built and accepted as our truth. In essence, there exists a link between success and the self-image since we perceive the world based on how we view ourselves. That said, improving your self-image can be a game-changer in your life. Here is how you do it.
1. Acknowledge that you have a self-image problem.
Since you cannot change what you are not aware of, it is essential first to take an inventory of the inner-self. This internal inventory will help you to identify the areas of your self-image that need to be changed.
2. Identify your skills.
One way of identifying your skills is by making a list of your strengths and assets and remind yourself of them each day.
3. Accept the validation you receive from others.
Think of qualities that others have compliment you on and accept them even if you do not believe them completely.
4. Stop comparing yourself with others.
It is an act of futility to compare yourself with others as there will always be someone else who is in a better position than you are. If you have to compare yourself with anyone, it should be you, as you strive to be better today than yesterday.
5. Quiet your negative thoughts.
Quiet your negative mental chattering, by telling yourself to shut up, or by thinking of contradictions to these thoughts.
6. Accept your imperfections.
To accept your imperfections means acknowledging your mistakes and the things about yourself you cannot change.
7. Celebrate your achievements.
Celebrating your achievements is good for your mental state and serves as a reminder of your abilities, builds resilience, and inoculates you against negative views of yourself.
Having a healthy self-image will impact your productivity and success since all your actions, feelings, and behavior are always consistent with who you perceive yourself to be.