Humans, we forget; life can get real intense at times and we forget to treat people properly, and equally important we forget to treat ourselves properly.
Today I want to talk to you about self-image and its importance in day-to-day life and how it could hinder our success if not managed properly, self-image is the most important aspect we should manage about ourselves if we want to experience life at its maximum potential; A healthy self-image can allow us to express freely and feel comfortable in our own skin. Even more intriguing! Are the claims that researchers make about self-image and how the way we perceive ourselves influences everything we do; not only the way we speak, the way we walk and the way we carry ourselves, but also has an influence on how we handle emotions, how we connect and relate with others and also how we react to adversity.
Wow! Self-image seems to be pretty important, don’t you think?
So.. How can we improve our self-image? How can we get all the benefits of having a healthy self-image? Improving our self-image can factor in many ways: as simple as doing exercise or keeping a record of achievements could help – Have you ever seen one of those guys that like to keep a trophy room, Yep a trophy room! It always made me wonder why they thought so highly of themselves, huh – But I’m not here to talk about all of that, What I really want to do is give you the ‘secret sauce’. The most powerful! The fastest! the easiest and most effective way to make a lasting change in your self-image. Are you Ready? Here we go!
What is the Secret?
The secret to having a better self-image is self-love. Self-love plays a major role in this. (Most of you will turn away as soon as you see the word self-love, but just hear me out ) ‘Managing a self-loving and self-compassionate view towards yourself and your limitations is the essence of maintaining a healthy self-image’. I want you to read that again. Look how I mentioned your ‘limitations’ earlier, well that’s the most important part. Be sure to cut yourself some slack for not being superhuman. In other words: Treat yourself right and you’ll be alright. All good? Good! let’s move on; let’s elaborate a bit more.
Let’s talk about ‘The inner voice’, we are all familiar with the little voice in our heads that is always mumbling about. You can think about it as a spectator that likes to make comments on what is going on. Lucky for us and what most people don’t know is that we are not this voice. We can choose to ignore this voice; this hateful, judgmental and insidious commentator and replace it with a more kind and compassionate voice. This will highly influence the way you look at yourself. Life is hard enough as it is, and beating yourself up with shame and fear only make things harder. You and the voice in your head had been together since the beginning, but do you like what it tells you, does it makes you feel like it cares? Do you have a cheerleader in there or a demanding tyrant?
Take a few minutes, stop and have a small talk with yourself, look for any ways that you could rephrase how you speak to yourself. It can be worth your time to make peace with that part of yourself, after all, you are both stuck together for the rest of your days. If you make the decision to observe what this voice has to say, it can change your life for the better, simply by noticing the comments you say to yourself it can make a huge difference on your self-image. If you can manage to give yourself the pep talk and tell yourself you are doing the best you can, you will see results. As I see, this can be even more effective if we incorporate some humility along with your new found self-compassion. Remember! we are not alone in this world, everybody is going through the same things and everybody is doing the best they can.
“Don’t do unto others what you don’t want done unto you.” – Cofucius
“Don’t do unto you what you wouldn’t do unto others” – Annonymous
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