It is so very important you understand this. Whether we realize is or not, each of us carries a mental picture of ourselves. It may be vague and undefined to our conscious mind. In fact, it may not be recognizable at all. But it is there, right down to the last detail.
And this self-image is reflected when we say, "Well, it's just the sort of person I am." But most of these beliefs have been formed by our past experiences, our successes and failures, how people reacted to us. Once a belief about ourselves goes into this picture it becomes "true," as far as we're concerned. We don't bother to question it. We just act upon it JUST AS IF IT WERE TRUE.
We all know how easy it is to identify with our disappointments and failures. For example, instead of saying, "I failed to lose weight," we conclude, "I'm a failure."
Every one of us is familiar with that inner voice that tells us, "I'm not good enough." As a result, we become trapped in our own internal prison of fear, anxiety, guilt, self-hate, and self-criticism. We have no idea how we got there (other than "I'm no good") and no clue as to how to get out.
This is especially obvious when I talk to people about their fitness and life goals. I get them to tell me their goals, get them a bit fired up, and then ask, "Well, then, WHAT'S STOPPING YOU FROM MAKING THEM HAPPEN?"
"I don't know!" is always the answer.
Well, my friends, here IS the answer: it's your self-image that's holding you back. Remember, we act, feel, and behave in a manner consistent with our self-image. But you know what? IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.
We really limit ourselves. Our self-image determines our potential. Achieving a positive self-image is within the capability of EVERY man, woman, and child in this world.
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