As a life coach, I work with people on a variety of topics such as relationships, career and health. One of the things I learnt in my training and noticed repeatedly with my clients is the importance of self-image.
Self-image is the idea you have in your mind about your abilities, your appearance and your personality. Based on this self-image, you determine your worth as a person. Whatever you determine automatically starts to affect all aspects of your life, such as your health, your career and your relationships. Here are some examples of how this works in real life.
A lot of people struggle to lose weight. Even when they attempt to improve their diet and exercise more, they fail to get good results. Some also experience what is called yoyo weight: they drop the excess weight and then gain it all back (and the cycle just repeats itself). Have you ever wondered why? The real reason is because their self-image is skewed. Self-image is like a self-regulating thermostat. Say you set your thermostat to 70 degrees and then open a window. Cold air will enter the room. Although the cold air temporarily makes the temperature drop to 60 degrees, the thermostat will automatically turn on the heating and bring the room temperature back to 70 degrees. Self-image works in the same way: if your self-image is set to 90 kilograms, any deviations from this weight will be unconsciously and automatically adjusted. To achieve permanent results, you need to first improve your self-image.
The same is true of people’s incomes. My dearest mentor, Jim Rohn, explains this idea beautifully when he says, “If someone hands you a million dollars, best you become a millionaire, so you get to keep the money.” In other words, being a millionaire is a mindset first: if you get a million dollars before you build the self-image of a millionaire, you will lose the million dollars. This explains why a lot of lottery winners end up broke after five years; they never change their self-image and so succumb to poverty again.
The question you are probably asking yourself now is, “How can I change my self-image?” My answer is simple: you need to start studying and learning. You need to learn more about yourself and who you really are. You need to learn more about life and how it works. You need to learn more about how to work with life to get what you want. Increased knowledge leads to increased levels of awareness. When you know more, you expand your self-image and begin to achieve better results in all areas of your life.
I always recommend reading to my clients and audiences. Start with a book called Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. It deals primarily with the importance of self-image. If you would like to expand your knowledge even more, seek professional help. Personal trainers, nutritionists, life coaches, therapists, yoga teachers, makeup artists, financial advisors and spiritual masters have a lot to teach you about how to better yourself and start living your best life. Gaining new knowledge, however, is not enough: you need to successfully apply this knowledge to your life to experience the positive change you desire.
I started my life coaching career 2 years ago. As a life coach I help people achieve their goals and improve their lives. I work with clients on a variety of subjects such as relationships, career and health. My business is mainly based online and so I work with clients from around the world through Skype for personal coaching, and my audience also has access to all my content through my website. My content includes ebooks, seminars and of course the weekly instagram videos. I am a student of the Proctor Gallagher Institute and am certified in their Thinking Into Results program.
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