Self-image is about feeling
How you see yourself goes a long way with how you feel about yourself and how you perceive others are seeing you and thinking of you. If you think positively on the inside then you will glow with confidence on the outside and come across this way to others. Feeling good about yourself is essential if you are to be happy in life and make the most out of your life, it can make the difference of you being successful or set you up for failing. It is all about how you see yourself, hence your self-image.
Low self-esteem equals low self-image
People suffer from low self-esteem for many reasons. Frequently it is a habit that is installed from childhood. If they have been brought up feeling negatively about themselves then developing a positive self-image will be difficult, but not impossible. Developing a positive outlook is about changing your thoughts and feelings about yourself and if you have been thinking negative thoughts for a long time changing the habit will take some time. However, by adapting a new way of thinking, and sticking to this new way of thinking, you will eventually banish unwanted negative feelings and will automatically replace them with positive ones in your day to day life.
When this happens your outlook changes and with your outlook, you change, where once you might have thought something would be beyond your capabilities you will now look at it in a different light and immediately begin to realize it is within your grasp.
Developing your self-image.
There are many ways which you can use to develop a more positive self-image and esteem, there are self-help books dedicated to the subject, audio sessions which you listen and follow, DVDS, hypnotherapy audio or attending counseling sessions. They all however rely basically on the same principle, understanding what confidence really is, gaining confidence in yourself, ridding yourself of negative beliefs and replacing them with positive ones and learning strategies which allow you to remain confident in any situation.
The basics behind developing a more positive outlook and self-image are:
- Thinking about positive self-image and confidence and understanding what it means to you
- Getting to know yourself better, recognizing your strengths and building on those strengths
- Moving forward while constantly changing negative thoughts into more positive ones
- Reflecting on what you have learnt and seeing the positive changes you are making to your life and resulted in success.
Replace negative thoughts
We all talk to ourselves at one time or another, and we may find ourselves continually putting ourselves down and are very slow to praise ourselves. This must be changed. We want to change unhelpful self-talk and replace it with positive and encouraging self-talk, the easiest way to do this is by
- Getting rid of irrational thoughts and replace them with rational ones
- Replace negative thoughts and feelings with positive
- Give yourself credit
- Repeat positive affirmations to yourself when needed throughout the day
Rinse and repeat do successfully develop your self-image.
Have a conscious day!