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A Strong, Positive Self-Image Is The Best Possible Preparation For Success

A Strong, Positive Self-Image Is The Best Possible Preparation For Success

How do you see yourself?

One of the key determining factors in your chance for success, happiness and how others see you is your self-image. With a positive self-image, you will be ready to face all of life’s challenges. Even when things get tough, you know that you always keep your own best interests at heart and can rely on yourself as a source of love, guidance, and encouragement. Not only does a positive self-image benefit the individual, but because positivity is contagious it also benefits everyone around them.

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When you have a strong and positive self-image…

You have the courage to stand by your own decisions

When you believe in yourself and have faith in your own ability to make good choices, you will find it easy to stand up for what you think is right. Whether it’s making a decision at work, at home or in your relationships, when your self-image is strong you will feel more secure and optimistic in your life choices. This will give you the confidence to work harder, to chase your ambitions, and make your dreams come true. When you have a positive self-image that reflects your authentic self, you are more likely to live in accordance with your values and goals, which is a great foundation for future contentment and life satisfaction.

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You won’t think failure is scary

If you can see yourself as someone worthy and in possession of multiple talents and skills, failure won’t feel scary. Those who view themselves positively know that they have the strength to bounce back from failure, learn from their mistakes, and keep moving forwards towards a better life. In fact, those who maintain a positive self-image actively embrace the occasional failure, as they know that it isn’t the end of the world and can leave you feeling stronger and wiser than ever before.

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You won’t be undermined or manipulated by toxic persons

Self-image is a powerful shield against toxic, manipulative people. When you truly accept yourself for who you are and start standing up for your right to be treated with respect, you will be less vulnerable to people who prey on the weaknesses of others. Even criticism and bullying doesn’t affect people who love and honor themselves. They realize that the attitudes and actions of others are better understood as reflecting the personality of the bully rather than the victim. They remind themselves that they do not have to put up with bad treatment, and remove themselves from the situation as quickly as possible. They are brave enough to believe that they deserve better.

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You feel complete and won’t look for validation

People who are secure in their identities and trust in their innate worth do not need to be with others to feel complete or worthy. They see healthy relationships as an added bonus and a source of joy in life, but they are perfectly content to be single or to pass some time in their own company. With self-confidence and self-love comes resilience. This impacts positively upon every area of your life. When your self-image is positive, you have the confidence to be single rather than in a mediocre relationship, or to embark on a freelance career rather than settle for a life in the office.

Positive self-image is a vital component to success

Without it, you cannot hope to see a project through to the end or delay gratification in the name of reaching a long-term goal. People who see themselves in a positive light know who they are and what they want from life. As a result, they are focused on their goals and are willing to exert self-control when necessary. This ultimately creates conditions for success, which sets up a virtuous cycle. Confidence breeds confidence, and success breeds success.

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Last Updated on December 16, 2018

12 Simple Ways You Can Build A Positive Attitude

12 Simple Ways You Can Build A Positive Attitude

We all look for a better and happier life, but somehow we realize it’s our attitude that makes it hard to lead the life we want. How can we build a positive attitude? Grant Mathews has listed out the things (from the easiest to the hardest) we can do to cultivate this attitude on Quora:

1. Listen to good music.

Music definitely improves your mood, and it’s a really simple thing to do.

2. Don’t watch television passively.

Studies have shown that people who watch TV less are happier, which leads me to my next point…

3. Don’t do anything passively.

Whenever I do something, I like to ask myself if, at the end of the day, I would be content saying that I had spent time doing it. (This is why I block sites I find myself wasting too much time on. I enjoy them, but they’re just not worth it when I could be learning something new, or working on projects I care about.)

Time is incredibly valuable.

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4. Be aware of negativity

A community that considers itself intelligent tends to be negativity because criticizing is seen as a signaling mechanism to indicate that you’re more intelligent than the person you corrected. This was irrationally frustrating for me – it’s one of those things you’ll stay up all night to think about.

5. Make time to be alone.

I initially said “take time just to be alone.” I changed it because if you don’t ensure you can take a break, you’ll surely be interrupted.

Being with other people is something you can do to make you happy, but I don’t include it in this list because nearly everyone finds time to talk with friends. On the other hand, spending time just with yourself is almost considered a taboo.

Take some time to figure out who you are.

6. Exercise.

This is the best way to improve your immediate happiness.

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Exercise probably makes you happy. Try and go on a run. You’ll hate yourself while doing it, but the gratification that you get towards the end vastly outweighs the frustration of the first few attempts. I can’t say enough good things about exercise.

Exercising is also fantastic because it gives you time alone.

7. Have projects.

Having a goal, and moving towards it, is a key to happiness.

You have to realize though that achieving the goal is not necessarily what makes you happy – it’s the process. When I write music, I write it because writing is inherently enjoyable, not because I want to get popular (as if!).

8. Take time to do the things you enjoy.

That’s very general, so let me give you a good example.

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One of the things that has really changed my life was finding small communities centered around activities I enjoy. For instance, I like writing music, so I’m part of a community that meets up to write a song for an hour every week. I love the community. I’ve also written a song every week, 37 weeks in a row, which has gradually moved me towards larger goals and makes me feel very satisfied.

9. Change your definition of happiness.

Another reason I think I’m more happy than other people is because my definition of happiness is a lot more relaxed than most people’s. I don’t seek for some sort of constant euphoria; I don’t think it’s possible to live like that. My happiness is closer to stability.

10. Ignore things that don’t make you happy.

I get varying reactions to this one.

The argument goes “if something is making you unhappy, then you should find out why and improve it, not ignore it.” If you can do that, great. But on the other hand, there’s no reason to mope about a bad score on a test.

There’s another counterargument: perhaps you’re moping because your brain is trying to work out how to improve. In fact, this is the key purpose of depression: Depression’s Upside – NYTimes.com

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I can think of examples that go both ways. I remember, for instance, when I was debating a year or two ago and my partner and I would lose a round, I would mull over what we had done wrong for a long time. In that way, I got immensely better at debate (and public speaking in general – did you know debate has amazing effects on your public speaking ability? But now I really digress).

On the other hand, there’s no way that mulling over how dumb you were for missing that +x term on the left hand side will make you better at math. So stop worrying about it, and go practice math instead.

11. Find a way to measure your progress, and then measure it.

Video games are addictive for a reason: filling up an experience bar and making it to the next level is immensely satisfying. I think that it would be really cool if we could apply this concept to the real world.

I put this near the bottom of the list because, unfortunately, this hasn’t been done too often in the real world – startup idea, anyone? So you would have to do it yourself, which is difficult when you don’t even know how much you’ve progressed.

For a while, I kept a log of the runs I had taken, and my average speed. It was really cool to see my improvement over the weeks. (Also, I was exercising. Combining the two was fantastic for boosting happiness.)

12. Realize that happiness is an evolutionary reward, not an objective truth.

It’s easy to see that this is correct, but this is at the bottom of the list for a reason.

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