How do you see yourself?

In the classic book Psycho-Cybernetics, the author writes …

“All your actions, feelings, behaviors — even your abilities — are always consistent with the self-image. In short, you act like the person you conceive yourself to be. Not only this, but you literally cannot act otherwise, in spite of all your conscious efforts or will power.”

He goes on …

“The man (or woman) who conceives himself to be a ‘failure type’ person will find some way to fail, in spite of all his good intentions, or his will power, even if the opportunity is literally dumped in his lap. The person who conceives himself to be a victim of injustice, one ‘who was meant to suffer,’ will invariably find circumstances to verify his opinion.”

And finally …

“The self image is a ‘premise,’ a base, or a foundation upon which your entire personality, your behavior, and even your circumstances are built. Because of this our experiences seem to verify, and thereby strengthen our self images, and a vicious or beneficent cycle, as the case may be, is set up.”

In other words, your self-image is everything. The foundation of it all. We accept the way we see ourselves as true. Without question. And we go so far as to construct the proof.

We become the consummate matchmakers. Our circumstances, results, and experiences MUST match our image of self. If not, we reject them. Or we sabotage them. Because we cannot accept what doesn’t fit.

Honestly, we can positively think our asses off. But when our positive thoughts collide with our negative self-images, we will ultimately and consistently find that nothing changes. We stay the same. Everything stays the same.

So how do you change your self-image?

Well, today on The Quote of The Day Show, author and speaker Jack Canfield reveals …

1. how a specific kind of visualization is the key to changing the self-image

2. the funny thing that happens when seagulls act like jackhammers

3. the fascinating self-image experiment that increased children’s reading levels by 2.5 years in 2 months!



Tap the PLAY button above to listen in!

FYI: Today’s clip came from Jack’s Maximum Confidence program available on Audible and the Nightingale-Conant website.