5 Steps to an Authentic and Effective Self-Image
Your self-image is the way you view yourself. You might consider yourself a parent, construction worker, friend, blonde, sports fan, intelligent, impatient, and middle-aged. But you're more than your career, gender, and age. You're more than your parents' opinion.
You're a unique person with nuances that are unique to you!
When you are aligned with what you do, you're living authentically. But most of us view ourselves as one way and live another. Authentic people act honestly and congruently.
These congruency benefits are enormous: success, self-esteem, respect from others, and inner peace.
Those who live lives misaligned with their values, beliefs, and attitudes suffer from anxiety, guilt, and shame. It might seem more comfortable to live up to others' expectations in the short-term, but the long-term costs are significant.
Follow these steps to determine your true self and live life on your terms:
1. Identify your core values. An authentic self-image is one that is aligned with your values. By knowing your values, you'll gain an understanding of what is important to you. Once you're aware of your values, you can build a self-image and life that are more meaningful and enjoyable.