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Sunday, March 16, 2008

"You are who you think you are."

Your self image controls how you act every day, what you do and how you do it. Your self image also determines how you allow other people treat you.

What is your self image? Your self image is determined by what you believe to be true about yourself. Many people have had an influence on your self image, your parents, your brothers and sisters, your other family, your friends, your teachers, your community, your environment, your heroes, in fact everyone you've ever met and everything that you have ever experienced has contributed to your self image, to what you think about yourself and your world.

Now you were not born with the self image that you now have, you developed your self image as you grew and as you continue to grow you are constantly changing it.

The biggest problem is that most of the time you have unconsciously developed your self image. You have accepted certain information about yourself as true without question, without evaluating the validity of the information, without considering the impact that it may have on you. The problem here is that as soon as you accept this information as true, it is true for you and you will behave in accordance with this new truth about yourself.

Now I am going to tell you that most of the things that you believe about yourself are not true. I am also going to say that it does not matter why you believe them or where you learnt them. What does matter is how do you feel about yourself, and what you believe about yourself. How does it affect your behaviour. How do you feel about your behaviour, your relationships with other people?

If you do not like, how you feel about yourself, how you behave, or the state of your relationships then ask yourself how would you like to feel about yourself, what would you like to think about yourself, how would you like other people to think about you? How would you like to behave towards the things that you do, towards other people?

The wonder of being you is that you can change. You cannot become another person but you can become a different person. It is your self image. Grab the brush in your hands and paint the picture that you want and then go out and live that new image. Act as if it were true and it will become true. The wonder of life is that it holds no grudges and keeps no score, only humans do that. The question is not whether you can change but whether you will change, whether you have the courage to let go of disempowering beliefs and to reach out and grab onto new empowering beliefs.

Take control of your self image. Take control of your life. Think no timid thoughts, take no timid steps. Stride boldly and proudly through life. Believe that you were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with the seeds of greatness. Think and act like the person you want to be for "You are who you think you are"