What is the big deal with self image?
It is a major aspect for a continually developing individual. The self-image speaks during every moment of our waking hours. To dive deeper in this important topic, let me borrow from Maxwell Maltz’s classic Psycho Cybernetics.
He says “Self-image is a complex picture of whom you are, what you deserve, and what you think you can become.”
The key word above is “picture”. You can change your self- image by the use of imagery. Picture the outcome you desire, hold tenaciously to that and expect that outcome. Another name for this is mental imagery. Astronauts use this technique; Olympic athletes use it, as well as executives, physicians as they prepare for a difficult surgery and so many other professional aspirers. I used it two weeks ago in preparing for a speech.
When you use mental imagery you are using a form of re-programming. Dr. Maltz refers to the self image as “the programmer of your servo mechanism.”
Your self image can be reworked if it is weak. It can be brought into sharper focus, and it can move you from a wanna-be to the one standing in the winner’s circle.
How hard are you willing to work?
How strongly do you believe in self?
Think about that!
P Michael Biggs
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