I listened to a John Maxwell’s audio training where he taught about the topic of self image and reaching your dreams. This is what he said,
When your dreams exceed your self image you will sabotage yourself and never reach your dream. When you’re going to strive to do something that is higher than how you think of yourself as you start to go toward that dream you will do something stupid to sabotage yourself and keep yourself from having that dream.
If you can’t truthfully and inwardly see yourself achieving your dream then you never will achieve it. Not because you can’t but because yourself image will always pull you back about the moment when you’re ready to have success in your life.
After hearing this I captured it on Evernote and I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks. If we want to be successful and reach our potential and dreams then it requires having a high self image. The word self image is defined as “the idea, conception, or mental image one has of oneself.” This shows our self image starts on the inside. How we think and see ourselves on the inside is then manifested through our actions and behaviors. This then produces a positive or negative outcome. To help you increase your self image and avoid the fear of success then remember to:
Speak your desired image- The words we speak have power. They can raise or lower our self image. When you speak the “person” and “image” you desire to become, those words subconsciously enter your life and produce what it is you want. This requires being deliberate in the words and thoughts you have.
Implement acts of courage- If you stretch outside of your comfort zone and see positive results, your confidence and self image will increase. Joe Lalonde, a friend and fellow blogger wrote an insightful post titled What Can Twenty Seconds of Insane Courage Do for You? I encourage you to read it then apply the principle into your life.
Apply these points into your life and leadership to help you become more successful and reach your dreams.
Question: What do you do to increase your confidence and self image?