Our self-image is the one thing that impacts every area of our lives. In fact without it we can never experience a true sense of well-being, happiness, and belonging. There are two kinds of people from every culture in life. Both can be brought up with the same parents, beliefs, moral values, and education; yet one excels, and the other has constant struggles. Studies have shown that self image is a leading factor in accomplishing success.
“Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment”. Maxwell Maltz.
Developing your self-image
Here are 5 ways you can improve your self-image, and experience the life you’ve always wanted.
#1 – Understand yourself better: When people don’t know who they are, or what they want in life it has a detrimental effect on their self-image. To gain some understandings look at what’s mentally draining you. It could be friends, relationship, insecurities, doubts, fear, or a career. Recognize what needs to go, and make some adjustments. Do whatever it takes to live a happy life now. You need to know what brings out the best in you, and ensure it’s always present. Understanding yourself is the first step to a healthy self image.
“The person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self-image”. Brian Tracy.
#2 – Develop a positive attitude: Having a positive attitude shapes our mind, and brings happiness, gratification, and success into everything we do. It’s true that attitude will either make, or break any endeavor. This small characteristic separates a life of accomplishment, from a life of frustration, anxiety, and despair. Without a positive attitude our self- image becomes something we hate despise, and reject.
#3 -Prepare yourself for challenges: With each challenge eliminated comes a degree of accomplishment. Every challenge you face will define your character, and develop your self-image. Prepare yourself for challenges, and recognize the power you have to overcome them all.
#4 – Speak positive words into your life: We all speak words into our life every single day. What are you telling yourself? Pay attention because they are powerful. Our self-talk can build, or destroy our self-image. The average person has 200 thousand thoughts a day with two thirds being negative, and completely useless. To break this cycle of doubt you need to speak positive affirmations into your mind to repair the damage from years of negative input. Your mind is a creative force with unimaginable potential. We have the ability to think, and speak positive words into every area of our life.
“A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success”. Joyce Brothers.
#5 – Move out of your comfort zone: As long as we stay comfortable we never grow as a person. Sometimes we need to step out, and take a chance of looking stupid. What’s the worst thing that can happen other than a squashed ego? The more we move out of our comfort zone the more interesting people, resources, and success we will have.
When we become cautious, reserved, and skeptical our self-image will never flourish. Make it a point to try new things, and keep your mind positive. This will help develop your self image into your best friend for life.