Your Self-image

The second part of your self-concept is your self-image; your self-image is how you see yourself in the present moment. Your self-image is made up of three parts.

  • How do you see yourself?
  • How do others see you?
  • How do you think others see you?

These three may all be different. You may see yourself in a certain way, and you may think others see you differently, and then others may see you differently from your perceptions. You always perform on the outside, consistent with the mental picture that you have of yourself on the inside. If you see yourself as positive, happy, confident, competent, and capable in your life and your work, you\’ll behave like this on the outside, in everything you do. You can always tell what your self-image is in any area of your life by explaining how you feel when you are with people. A person with a positive self-image is relaxed and confident with others. A person with a negative self-image feels insecure and inferior to others, especially with people that he or she feels are ahead of him or her or better in some way. Here\’s the interesting thing about your self-image. When the way you see yourself, the way others see you, and the way you think others see you are all the same. You feel great about yourself. Your self-image becomes completely integrated, like two sets of fingers coming together to form one set of folded hands. The more you live your life consistent with your values and ideals, the more integrated your self-image will be, and the better you perform at everything you attempt.