What image do you project to the people you meet? Is it an image of a successful person? Do people see you in a positive way? What impression do you want people to have of you? These are very important questions to answer about your self-image and the role it plays in your life.
Your self-image is a big part of how people see you and the impression you leave on them. How do you walk, do you walk head up or looking down. Do you smile when you meet people? Do you look people in the eye, or are you looking around them or past them? Your self-image plays a starring role in your life.
The foundation of your self-image was created in your subconscious mind by other people. Your parents, teachers, family members, friends and anyone else that was an authority figure in your early years are the basis of your self-image. What you saw these authority figures do and what you heard them say to you and about you created your self-image. The self-image is created almost entirely by the time we are nine or ten years old. The image you have of yourself, your self-image, is found in your subconscious mind where it affects everything you do.
How does your self-image control what you do? It operates exactly like a cybernetic mechanism or control system. A cybernetic mechanism is a system in animals and some machines that measure the deviation from a set goal or mean and then automatically makes adjustments to correct the deviation from that goal. Think of the automatic pilot on a commercial jet. The plane’s computer is programmed with a flight plan which controls the automatic pilot. If the plane is blown off course, the auto pilot makes the adjustments to the flaps and the plane is put back on course without the pilot taking any action.
How does that apply to the self-image? The self-image is a cybernetic instrument. Your image lives in your subconscious mind where it causes you to take actions without you consciously thinking about it. It is controlled by the programming that has been placed in your subconscious mind by other people. That programming is also known as habits or paradigms. Think about all the things you do out of habit?
The habits or paradigms were programmed into your subconscious mind by others so you do not have to keep them. You have the ability to change them. The good news is that you can replace these paradigms with new supportive paradigms that will allow you to create a new self-image that will support you in achieving your goals.
The results that you are currently getting in your life, the money, relationships, and your job are all affected by your self-image. If you change the self-image you change the results you are getting. What do you want more of? Money, friends, trips? You get to decide what you want and create the life you want. How do I do that? Read on
How do you change the paradigms that make up your self-image? It begins with a decision; you have to be willing to change. You must be willing to decide what you really want from life. Listen to that still quiet voice deep inside and decide. Then you must begin the work. Go someplace quiet and think, what would your ideal life look like? Write these thoughts down. Then make a list of people that you admire and aspire to be like. Write out a list of the characteristics and qualities that you like in these people.
Now, write out a detailed description of your ideal life, everything that you dream of in vivid detail so that if someone else were to read it they would get the same image you have on the screen of your mind. Now record this with you reading it. The cool part is we all have smart phones with the ability to record your voice!! Now you can listen to it every day, at least 3 times a day. As you are listening to your recording and thinking about your ideal life. Do this every day for at least ninety days and then compare your old results to your new results. You will be shocked!