When I was in high school, my girlfriend took out a piece of paper and a pencil and asked me to draw a picture of myself. Not thinking much of it, I did as she asked and continued to draw a picture of this lean, mean, muscle machine that almost resembled a body builder.
After I was finished, I asked why she had me draw myself. She said it was a depiction of how I really see myself and to others. At the time, my self-confidence was through the roof…mostly due to lifting weights with my friends everyday.
Over the years, my self-image has changed from time to time and have come to the realization that how I depict myself in my mind affects what I do in my every day life! This all came to fruition with the reading and studying of the book “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz.
In the opening chapter under the heading, Your Key to a Better Life, he says: “The most important psychologic discovery of this century is the discover of the ‘self-image.’ Whether we realize it or not, each of us carries about with us a mental blueprint or picture of ourselves.”
The self-image become a golden key to living a better life because of two important discovers:
(1) All your actions, feelings, behavior – even your abilities – are always consistent with this self-image.
(2) The self-image can be changed.
Maxwell Maltz explains: “In short, you will ‘act like’ the sort of person you conceive yourself to be. Not only this, but you literally cannot act otherwise, in spite of all your conscious efforts or will power. The man who conceives himself to be a ‘failure-type person’ will find some way to fail, in spite of all his good intentions, or his will power, even if opportunity is leterally dumped in his lap.”
As far as changing the self-image he says, “One of the reasons it has seemed so difficult for a person to change his habits, his personality, or his way of life, has been that heretofore nearly all efforts at change have been directed to the circumference of the self, so to speak, rather than to the center.”
I’ve really just touched the surface of the idea of the self-image being your key to a better life and does take personal study and research. It also requires an honest look at yourself in the mirror and find out exactly how you see yourself. I’m excited to continue the study of “Psycho-Cybernetics” on my personal development quest!
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