When we surround ourselves with negativity and self-doubt for a long time, we tend to overlook a lot of things that we should be grateful for. Sometimes people perceive us as successful and intelligent, but their opinions don’t really matter if we don’t perceive ourselves in that light. Self-doubt eats its way through us and makes it seem like we are being pulled down into a black hole. We start to take all the beautiful things we have for granted, because they become ‘mundane.’ The power of self-image is fascinating, isn’t it?
I tend to believe that the deterioration of one’s self-image starts with ‘labels.’ For example, someone who doesn’t have friends tends to label themselves as introverted, when they’re actually shy and do not know how to approach other people. So, when that person starts labeling themselves, they automatically start adjusting their life in order to fit that label. The ‘labels’ become our way of identifying ourselves and defining who we are. Simply put, we become that ‘label.’
We overcome a negative self-image by freeing ourselves from labels and simply accepting who we truly are.
So, why not start by listing some of the things that you are grateful for in life?