Connecting The Dots: Self-Image and Success
Sunday, February 27, 2022
How do you feel about yourself? Let’s not think about the image we share on Social Media. How do you feel about the person in the mirror or the person behind the voice you hear when you playback a voice note?
If you're into self-help books, you may have heard of the best-selling book, Psycho-Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz, M.D., F.I.C.S. Today’s field of psychology considers the book to be one of the most important ever written. It’s a refreshing look at self-image and how you can change your life by re-programming the mechanism in your brain that controls your behavior – and thoughts.
Maltz’s theory is that there is a vivid distinction between the brain and the mind – the brain being the ‘machine’ that causes you to function, and the mind is the life force that compels you to use your brain and body to achieve goals and rise to success.
“Cybernetic” comes from the Greek word for ‘steersman.’ Today, the term is usually used to refer to how machines and animals control and communicate. For example, a computer is a sophisticated machine that organizes itself to perform a function. Maltz maintains that you can’t reduce yourself to a device because you can know yourself and what makes you tick.
It’s a fact that those with low self-esteem rarely rise to the top rungs of success. Unless you recognize when you’re being overly critical with your thinking process, the low self-image will keep plaguing you throughout your life and keep you from the success you could have had.
The Key to Fixing Your Self-Image
Understanding how your low self-image developed will help you know how to rid yourself of the negative thoughts and actions to feel more accepting of yourself.
Combating a lifetime of self-criticism isn’t easy, but with books such as Psycho-Cybernetics and other help available online and in other books and counseling today, you can overcome low self-esteem by the method of alternative thoughts.
Negative thoughts about yourself and your abilities are self-defeating habits and need to be separated from who you are. You can learn to replace them with a better and more uplifting image of yourself.