How Do You Perceive Yourself?
What do you see in the mirror? You see your reflection; or at least that’s what you think you are seeing. People see you much differently than you see yourself. The reason is, we see ourselves with our emotions, not what our eyes are actually seeing. What is you self-image? Does your self-image have confidence? Or does it feel inferior?
Someone once told me that we all have a set weight in our mind, that are bodies adjust to. That’s why diets don’t work. We can lose weight on diets, but if your self-image is to be overweight; you can lose weight, but ultimately, you’ll gain the weight back after you quit the diet. It’s because your self-image is one of being overweight. The actual number will vary, but nevertheless, you’ll find yourself in a state where you’ll always need to lose weight.
Your income, also has a set weight. You can set goals and reach them, but if your self-image is lacking or not having enough money, you’ll forever be dissatisfied with your income. Unfortunately, this is true. It kind of sucks, to be frank. If you can be truly honest with yourself, without judgment, look back on your thoughts and life. You’ll be able to see the pattern. Most of us blame our conditions or environment. Aren’t you a glad to find out you have power? Don’t you want a better self-image?
How Can a Person Change Their Self -Image
Changing your self-image is hard, but not complicated. The reason it can be a difficult task is, because people hate change. It feels unfamiliar. It’s not what they’re used to. Have you ever wanted to do something or go somewhere which no one you knew was interested. Yet, you were determined to go. As the event date moved closer, there probably was some sort of anxiety. You weren’t sure where to go, what to do, what kind of people would be there, etc. This is normal, but many people will let that feeling deter them from trying anything new. Good things happen when you push yourself.
When you overcome obstacles and get used to the idea that not all things are going to feel great, it makes you stronger. This practice, is the start of changing your self-image. Fear in your self-image is what will hold you back. So, what are you afraid of?
Most people are afraid of something; acceptance, failing, rejection, looking stupid, etc. Believe it or not, most people aren’t thinking of you as much as you think. You can’t be rejected in this world, or you wouldn’t exist. Your being in this world has a purpose. Just because you don’t know something, doesn’t make you stupid, and most important understand, failing is a part of success. Those negative thoughts are in your head giving you your self-image.
Because of your negative self-image, you’ll believe a comment someone says to you, only if you believe it to be true. If you thought you were fat, and someone made a remark how you could lose some weight, you’d get triggered. If you thought you were skinny and someone made the same remark, you’d probably laugh or not have another care about the subject. Your mind plays tricks. The good thing is, once you know it’s only in your head is, you can change your self-image.
People have talked about affirmations forever. In fact, none of what I’m writing is new information. Affirmations come in different ways. One is self-talk and one is facing your fears. You build self-confidence when you push yourself. You may fail while trying, but you will find that failing at a task isn’t the end-all be-all. You can try again at a later time and you might get better each time. Or you might succeed the first time. Either way the, you are changing your self-image. Facing your fears or pushing through anxiety, builds confidence.
A strong and confident self-image opens doors for you. You may not always like what’s on the other side, but that isn’t bad either. Part of knowing what you want in life, is discerning what you don’t want. This is how successful people make it.
Successful people know how affirmations work. They change their self-image in the literal sense. They dress the part. If you want to be a rockstar, then dress like one. When you walk down the street, people should know what you do by your style. If you want to be an big executive, don’t buy a cheap suit. Those are the little things that one can do to change self-image. Of course, that isn’t the only thing.
Reading positive material that aids you in changing your self-image, especially before you go to bed. It will help your brain rewire itself. Your brain is plastic, it constantly rebuilding synapses. What can you do to feel better? Which areas do you want to improve your self-image? Try it and see the results.
“The ‘self-image’ is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.” – Maxwell Maltz