Reaching our fullest potential is dependent upon the creation and maintenance of a healthy self-image. It is not possible to reach for successful if you do not believe in ourselves. The way in which we view ourselves is either uplifting or it is a hindrance. Regardless of our childhood experiences, our past personal failings, or the current level of our self-esteem, we can possess a healthy self-image.
One of the ways to think of yourself in healthier terms is to stop underestimating the impact of your self-image on all the other areas of your life. To reach your fullest potential, to embark on the journey toward your best self, you must respect yourself and believe that you can indeed do great things.
Start valuing yourself, and your self-image will begin to flourish!
1. Overcome you most limiting beliefs.
- Think about something you would like to accomplish, but have been unable to do because of a limiting belief.
- Make a list of how this one belief is negatively impacting your life.
- Now, begin to focus on how much your life would be enhanced if you were able to remove this belief from your life.
- Create five affirmations you can repeat to yourself throughout the course of your day.
- Remember that the affirmations should be stated in the positive and address the new belief you would like to install.
2. See and Celebrate the small victories.
- It is not necessary to earn a million dollars or lose 50 pounds before you have earned the right to feel proud and excited about your progress.
- Any progress is worthy of recognizing.
- Remember that all large successes are the culmination of many smaller successes.
3. Take Full Responsibility for where you are.
- Is it your fault that your parents mistreated you or that your boss can sometimes be a real jerk? Of course not.
- However, no one else will care as much as you do about fixing your current circumstances. It is up to you.
- When you take on the mantle of responsibility, you have more control over situations.
- Self-esteem can be elusive when you believe that you do not have any control over what happens in your life.
4. Do Something for someone else.
- It is very easy to feel selfish when all of your thoughts and activities are centered on yourself.
- Spend some of your time working to enrich the lives of others.
- Demonstrate to yourself that you really are a good person.
5. Make a Step each day toward your ideal self, even if it is small.
- We all hold a vision of the person we would most like to become.
- There will be days when that ideal version of ourselves seems too far away to even be considered realistic.
- But take a small step each day.
- Each and every small improvement will raise your self-image.
- Start today by listing all the qualities you would like to possess.
6. Rethink your Self-talk.
- We all talk to ourselves all the time. You are not alone.
- The greatest thing about our self-talk is that we can control what we say to ourselves.
- Is your self-talk usually positive or negative?
- Negative self-talk can chip away at our feelings of self-worth.
- Be kinder to yourself.
- Be encouraging, positive, and patient.
- Read: Manage your self-talk, or it will manage You!
7. Get Moving on the larger projects in your life.
- Your self-image is damaged when you fail to control yourself.
- Big projects often seem daunting and intimidating.
- Focus on getting started. This is often the most difficult step.
- Take at least a few minutes every day to tackle the bigger goals in your life.
- Sustained progress is the key.
8. Stop comparing yourself to others!
- We all have different skills and talents.
- It is unfair to compare yourself to other people.
- We are always doomed to be either too hard or too easy on ourselves.
- Compare yourself to your past self.
- Are you on the road to doing better than you did last week? Last month?
- When you can consistently answer “yes,” you will be well on your way to maximizing your self-image.
- See: Do you like you?
Begin building a healthier self-image today. Regardless of your past or current impressions of yourself, you can learn to view yourself in a much more positive light. A healthy self-image is the springboard to happiness and contentment. Focus on life’s small victories and be proud of your continued progress.
You deserve it!