This week, I thought I’d share a few lessons I have learned about the value of a positive self-image.
Self-image is how we perceive ourselves and how we believe others see us. Self-image can be positive giving us confidence in our thoughts and actions. It can also be negative making us doubt our capabilities and ideas.
Our self-image is created through two separate ways of thinking.
Self-impressions: We form the impression we have of ourselves in each and every situation. In time, these impressions also form our hopes and dreams throughout our life.
Self-esteem: How we feel about ourselves. If we feel love and kindness towards oursleves, we are much more likely to have a positive outlook and impact in the world.
Over the years, I have learned there are many ways to improve our self-image; and the way others see us.
If we look good we feel good. Be well groomed at all times. Pay attention to our hair, nails, the condition of our clothes and shoes. Dress to impress. Stand tall and hold our head up high.
Doing things to the best of our ability; improving in areas where we are able to become very effective. Mastering a few imporant skills is more important than trying to be master of all.
It costs very little to be friendly, but the impact on others can be profound. Our outlook on life can also effect those around us, so it is important to share our best selves with the world. If we think positively it is easier to smile. And when we do, the world will smile with us.
This includes the things we say as well as our actions. Our word must become our bond. Promises kept help us build consistency, and we need consistency to build a healthy self-image.
Act intelligently and say ‘I can’ or ‘I will’ or ‘I will find out how to’. If we waste our energy focusing on the things we can’t have now, we end up creating a negative energy within and around us.
Looking for the Upside
In every situation, bright spots do exist. Even when bad things happen, we can learn from them and grow stronger, Looking at your life this way becomes a habit and will make a tremendous difference in improving your positive energy.
Hope and Certainty
Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on our expectation. The reality is that we have all had many hopes that never materialised. They were not failures, just something we thought about at the time.
Certainty, on the other hand, is an optimistic attitude of mind based on our expectation. Certainty helps us take charge of our desire and being completely confident in our ability to achieve it. These are the thing s in our life we need to focus on.
It’s Up to You
Our lives are ours to lead, it is up to us with whom and how we want to share it.
We alone create the definition of who we have become; therefore we should not let society, friends or family define who we are.
It is easy to put our self-image at the mercy of other people. But when we rely on other people to complete us, we are at that moment giving away our personal power. It is also very important that we don’t compare ourselves with others, we are all individuals.
We alone mold and shape the person we are today as well as the person we will become tomorrow.
Our mind and body have great power to accept things as they are, whether agreeable or disagreeable. It takes the same amount of work and effort to have a bad life as a good life, so let us choose the one that we have always wanted to have.
Remember powerful people do not have power over others, they have power from within.