In his 1960 groundbreaking book, Psycho Cybernetics, Dr. Maxwell Maltzinformed the world that we can never out-perform our self-image.
Although initially that may seem like bad news, Dr. Maltz went on to explain that although we will not out-perform out self-image, we absolutely can change our self-image.
Your self-image and the ideas, beliefs and habits that come along with it are like a thermostat. It was set when you were a child and the setting has been reinforced by experiences since that time. Our self-image is not the fault of anyone but rather a result of what you saw, heard, felt and experienced before you had the ability to reject ideas that were not true. That information was imprinted.
Like a thermostat, our self-image is a cybernetic system; when there is deviation from the setting (hotter/colder, more success/less success), the system will self-correct. Re-setting our ‘thermostat ‘is not a new idea and today, success in doing so is scientifically proven.
The process is simple yet not always easy. It requires the time-spaced repetition of new ideas, beliefs and habits. One thing to be aware of is that upgrading your self-image is next to impossible without support, because the old habits, ideas and beliefs have a very strong gravitational-like pull whose job it is to hold the status quo in place.
There are some practices that support change and when applied rigorously, will re-set your self-image thermostat.
This week, experiment with these practices:
- Each night, make a list of what you accomplished that day.
- Press the pause button on thoughts of what you should have done or did not get done.
- Do at least one thing every day that is a bit scary and celebrate you taking the action.
- Create a vision of the person who is being, doing and living the life you would love; what attributes in them do you want to emulate?
- Each morning, make a ‘To Be’ list of personal attributes you want to develop; practice being that person that day.
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