Crisis of Self-Image
We tend to use concepts like self-image, self-esteem and self-worth interchangeably. They are distinct concepts but inextricably linked. When our sense of self springs from a solid foundation based on character and integrity, we enjoy a positive self-image. Self-worth comes from within. Knowing who we are.
Self-esteem fluctuates based on external conditions, i.e. our last performance review, whether our kids like us or not, etc. And according to Dennis Gaskill, aka Boogie Jack, self-esteem (positive or negative) is often rooted in our subconscious. Dennis is a Webmaster and part-time philosopher, whose award-winning Almost a Newsletter newsletter, contains practical and profound tips for business and personal success.
I encourage you to read more about how this former steel mill worker defines self-worth and self-esteem.
Overcoming Negative Self-Image
"Throughout our lives we all, at one time or another, are at odds with ourselves. When we experience this kind of disenchantment, we tend to disown the parts of ourselves that we don’t like. The woman who refuses to look in the mirror because she is aging, the man who doesn’t recognize the anger that brings him to abuse his wife and children, and the corporate executive who won’t address his fear of public speaking are all examples of people who haven’t, for various reasons, fully accepted themselves...."
Joan Pastor reveals the steps to take toward self-acceptance. (Be patient. The page is slow to load but worth the effort.)
Because human striving is dynamic, you will always be renewing your contract to accept yourself.
Celebrating Your True Self Daily
If you can't seem to get unstuck from the "quicksand of your life," I often repeat this mantra:
More radiant than the sun,
Purer than the snow,
Subtler than the ether,
Is the Self.
The spirit within my heart.
I am that Self;
That Self am I.