One’s own image is built within one’s own mind. Imagination rules the world, imagination is more important than knowledge, it is the preview of the next attractions of life. All winners in life think and develop a positive image of themselves, winners see the act of winning before it happens. The winners act like winners, imagining with images, feelings and words the roles they want to play.
Successful people give themselves a preview of upcoming attractions, what you see is what you get, and what you feel is who you really are. You know it’s not what you are that stops you, it’s what you think you’re not. You see that we do not act according to reality, we act according to our perception of reality. How we feel about ourselves is everything, since everything we do, or everything we aspire to do in life, will be based on that important self-concept or self-image.
Imagine the real you, the successful you, see it in your mind and live it
Your self-image is an important factor in enhancing your personal development. Self-image is the fundamental key to understanding all human behavior. If you change your self-image, you change your personality and your behavior. You can work on your exterior, but it will have no effect on your self-image.
In personal development, the construction of your own personal image is crucial to have true self-improvement. You have to feel strong and secure inside. What you see in your mind’s eye is what you get. If you see yourself as a loser, unable to achieve meaningfully, failure is a sure thing, you’ve been destined to lose.
Everyone develops their own image of each talent, each characteristic and each performance. Images like… “I’m a lousy cook”, or “I’m not good at sports”, or “I can’t do anything right”, or maybe some positive self-images like, “I’m good at working with computers”, or ” I can do anything I set my mind to,” or “I am skilled and knowledgeable in my work.”
The way you define yourself is through your own image. Each of us is controlled by these mental images that we form. We cannot overcome these images we form, we can only set new limits within which we must live. Our self-image determines the type and extent of a person we are in all walks of life, it is our life control mechanism. Our self-image determines the level of our personal development.
The image we have of ourselves resides at the subconscious level of thought, and although the term subconscious mind has been used, often inaccurately, by non-professionals, it is much more correct to think of it not as a mind, but more good as a mind a level of consciousness with very special characteristics and abilities. The conscious level of thought is responsible for gathering information from the environment, storing it in memory cells, and making rational decisions. The subconscious level of thought is responsible for the autonomous control of the body, such as breathing and heartbeat, and the storage of information and the creative pursuit of goals.
The conscious mind cannot make a decision without clarifying it with the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind checks its memory bank, including the self-image, and replays the available data to the conscious mind for action. Your subconscious mind controls the conscious level of thought. The information in the subconscious mind is permanent, it is a lifetime of stored information and events. You can never erase your subconscious mind, but you can overwrite it with new and challenging information and events.
To enhance your personal development, it is your self-image that needs some adjustment and this must be ingrained in your subconscious mind. It is important to know that every vividly repeated imagined experience is also registered in the brain before the event actually took place. So we have a replay and preplay capacity, a feedback and forward capacity in the mind, and every moment of every day we program our subconscious mind and self-image to work for us or against us.
Since our subconscious mind is for storage only, it strives to meet the target and goals we set, whether they are negative or positive, false or true, wrong or right, dangerous or not dangerous, loser or winner. Its sole function is to follow instructions based on previous input and to respond automatically. Your subconscious self-image cannot distinguish between a real experience or one you have only vividly imagined, it stores emotional fantasies as your own reality. This is why we are full of prejudices, full of fears and Easter bunnies, learned from our parents, peers, and the media, that are simply not true.
Many of your day-to-day decisions are based on information about yourself, which has been stored as truth, but is only a figment of your own imagination overshadowed by your own environmental conditioning. This shows the importance of training and retraining your subconscious mind, on your way to better personal development.
You see your slave to your subconscious mind and your developed self-image. If you try to make a change in yourself, using only your conscious mind and willpower, the change is most likely only temporary. Whenever your conscious mind and your subconscious mind conflict, your subconscious mind has the best chance of winning. To improve your personal development you must work on your subconscious mind, this is where your self-image has developed and where you have to work on it.
Any personal change in your behavior begins with a change in your self-image, and this can be achieved by overcoming your fears and through strong desire. Your behavior and level of achievement are often consistent with your self-image. If you perform below your self-image level, you will naturally feel uncomfortable and make adjustments to try to do better next time. If your performance is too good or too high above your self-image level, the stress will automatically bring your performance back to where you think it belongs.
This explains the temporary fleeting success and suffocation under pressure. These are all behavioral actions based on your own personal image. Working to imprint new beliefs on your subconscious mind is self-development in action, that is, if you strive to improve your self-image. Winners in life take it upon themselves to expand their own image, winners set and maintain the image of themselves as the person they would most like to become. They get a vivid, clear, emotional and sensory image of themselves as if they have already achieved their new role in life.
By building your own personal development, you choose to see yourself as the person you want to be, you visualize success and achievement, your belief in yourself has grown to the level you want it to be. You should always strive to be better, take control of your mind through mental images, tell yourself that you are a winner and a winner you will be.
Build a more positive self-image
First, set aside 20 to 30 minutes a day, in the morning, afternoon, or over lunch, and imagine yourself achieving and enjoying your most important personal creative desires as if you were watching three television shorts.
Imagine a sequence achieving a professional triumph, perhaps a promotion, a bonus or an awards ceremony. Imagine another scene touting a family hit, perhaps a special outing, family reunion, or long-awaited vacation. Then visualize a personal success, possibly a fitness goal or completion of a continuing education class, something you have personally accomplished that you might have had reservations about in the past.
Get the real feeling and clear picture of each event, fill your vision with excitement, feel pride in your achievements, there is no stopping your personal development when you fill your mind with commitment.
Another technique to improve your self-image is to read or listen to a biography every month of someone who has risen to the top in your profession, or in your main hobby, or someone you have admired for their own courage. As you read or listen, imagine yourself as that person, with all those qualities that you admire so much.
Finally, as you relax and visualize your own imagined triumphs, try listening to some slow, uplifting ambient music in the background, the process of relaxing to the music will open a subjective window into your subconscious level of thought and make you more receptive to your own creative images. Remember that your subconscious mind accepts as a fact that what you vividly and repeatedly imagine, your creative imagination rules your world. Developing a positive self-image is one of the most important keys to enhancing your personal development and truly becoming an achiever in life.