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A positive attitude (ie. spirit of optimism ) is absolutely essential in path towards success in whatever endeavour in life you may choose. We all know and envy those people who project an aura of confidence and success. Don't we?
Thus, self image is a vital self-management skill... and, like all skills, it needs constant exercise to nourish, strengthen and grow:
"Water flowers, instead of weeds in your garden."
How long has it been since we visited ourselves by looking closely at ourselves?
The technical word for this is introspection (loved by those "psycho types").
How Do You See Yourself Now?
1. What do you do well?
2. What do you like most about yourself?
3. What results/achievements are you most proud of?
Your self image can be an 'invisible ceiling'. Don't sell yourself short, because everyone has potential to do anything. "If you can think it, you can do it." Aim high. If you train fleas to jump in a glass jar, even if you remove jar, they do not jump any higher (it's a conditioned response).
Don't be a flea! Say to yourself:
"I need to lift lid of my unlimited potential."
Self imposed ceiling
HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE FUTURE?
Write a short note to yourself on who you want to be and what you want to achieve by years 2003 and 2005 (perhaps even 2010, as years fly by so fast, as we get older). Utilise visual imagery (or mental pictures) and talk to yourself in a quiet place. Stillness is key.
Make a decision to change (if you want to) and where you want to go in life. Involve yourself in clear specific goals. Enough about goal-setting. That's subject of another article!
So work on your self image daily by affirming that you are "unique and special" . A person with individual gifts and talents. You DO have something totally unique to contribute to world... by "simply being YOU."
The Special Person You Were Meant to Be
If you can value truth above approval, and friendship over power, wealth, or fame, If you can share your gifts wisely, leaving someone better off than when you came, If you find happiness, simple pleasures, and see rainbow, not falling rain , If you have faith to keep on believing in miracles that no one can explain, If you live every day to your potential and find goal in everything you see, Then you'll be, not just happy and successful, but person only you were meant to be.
Craig Lock My various books* may be viewed at: http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/books.html and http://www.novelty-gift.com/