When you feel that there is no purpose in your life or that you feel unloved and unworthy, that means that your self-image, self-esteem, and self-confidence is at an all-time low. You loathe yourself more than love yourself. It’s at this point that you need to improve your self-image, which doesn’t happen overnight.
Self-esteem is based on self-respect and self-image; you need to love yourself. It all goes hand in hand.
How to improve your self-image takes time. The first step is to make a positive, realistic approach towards the world and everything around you for you to appreciate your self-worth.
The goal of positive thinking is to give yourself a more positive self-concept while viewing yourself impartially, accepting, and believing in yourself. You would work from the inside out and remove the internal barriers that keep you bonded from doing your best.
Below is a list of easy things to implement in your life to help you develop a positive self-image to achieve personal success. You can then build on your progress by trying other activities until you have a complete repertoire of positive occurrences.
Wake up happy ~ A positive way to start your day is to start early. Wake up singing to your favorite music. Spend company with an optimistic friend or family. Read inspirational messages.
Positive self talk ~ A good example is to say; ‘Today is going to be a great day.’ ‘Everything is going to work out perfectly today.’ ‘I’m going to have a productive, fruitful day.’
Encouraging words ~ Use uplifting and constructive adverbs and adjectives when you talk to yourself or others about yourself. Everything we say is recorded in our subconscious, as well as in other people’s subconscious about what you say about yourself.
Finding positive ~ Always emphasize in every situation the lessons or blessings. Find the positive in it.
Empathic ~ Consider others’ feelings before you pass judgment. Don’t criticize without understanding their circumstances.
Encourage ~ A kind word or a kind reaction goes a long way. Everyone deals with their own battles.
Opportunities in problems ~ A problem could be the light at the end of the tunnel, not a disaster. Take a step back to view the situation as though you were advising a friend.
Optimists ~ Associate yourself with positive and optimistic people. You can be optimistic and realistic at the same time.
Words ~ Replace negative words with positive ones. A good example; Replace can’t with can. Replace, try with will! Manifest a new approach on things that you will or can’t do, rather than the things you plan to try or can do.
Focus in the presence ~ Place your focus on the present and the future, not the past tense. The past is lessons to learn from so you can move forward positively. Forget past failures.
Blame and credit ~ Accept the wrong that you have done, but don’t accept the responsibility for what others have done. At the same time, recognize your achievements. Learn to receive credit when credit is due to you.
Fears ~ Don’t focus on your fears, as they are a part of being a human. Face your fears. Share those fears with someone that can help you look at them realistically.
Appearance ~ Self-image is the visual display of our self-esteem. Assess those things that display yourself, such as your clothes, vehicle, home, desk, etc. A good clean up will help without costing much.
Visualize yourself ~ Picture the person you want to be in the mirror.
Setting standards ~ Don’t compare yourself to others. Upgrade your standards with personal grooming, behavior, lifestyle, etc.
Posture ~ Make a conscious effort to walk erectly at a relaxed rapid pace. There is an association between the way you carry yourself and how you feel about yourself.
Friendly ~ When you smile, the whole world smiles with you is a popular saying. Your outer expression portrays your inner feelings. Remain friendly, no matter how much tension you have. Should there be tension or anxiety around you, lower your pitch and tone of your voice.
Achievements and dreams ~ Set aside about 15-25 minutes a day to relax and imagine yourself achieving your personal desires. Visualize your goals and triumphs with all your senses.
An essential aspect to focus on is the food you eat. We are what we eat! Improve your body by working out and eating correctly, even if it is just walking or jogging around the block.
By exhibiting positive words, behaviors, and attitudes, you will soon find your self-image growing and developing your self-esteem and confidence.