We talk about the Laws of Success all the time, and we even talk about financial markets. We overlook something important—your self-image.
What is a self-image and why does it matter?
Why does it matter? Because your mind tries to act in accordance with your self-image. Subconsciously, every decision you make is designed to reaffirm this to yourself.
Example: Joe believes he is a loser, he is dumb, and he can’t be ever on time.
Joe is always late, avoids complex matters, and is never lucky. People avoid him and he misses plenty of good opportunities.
Jill has a good self-image. She believes she is bright, and lucky and goes out of her way to be on time for meetings. People like her and want to hang out with her.
Basically, the self-idea in your mind becomes your self-fulfilling prophecy.
Luckily, everything in this world is learnable. If you have low self-esteem and no faith in your own abilities, you can unlearn this.
How to change your self-idea for the better
Everything that can be learned, can be unlearned. You can replace bad habits with good habits. Bad self-image with a good one.
Here are some simple exercises for improving your self-perception.
Meditate every day about how you are the person you want to become. Imagine the things you want to have and the people you are around.
Act like you have a good self-image.
Act like you already are the person you want to be. If you want to always be on time for meetings, act like it.
Repeat to yourself “I am successful. I have good self-esteem”.
Find role models
Hang with people who are like what you want to be yourself. Your social circle has a huge influence on your behavior. Find people with a good self-image.