With Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, there is more pressure than ever to look good. Most buy into this need for perfection while a selective few check out. A good self image is important but has vanity sneaked in through the back door?
How you see yourself matters far more than how others see you. You are stuck with yourself for however long you are on this earth – now would be a good time to appreciate your good and not so good points.
If you know who you are, who you truly are (give or take the make up) then it will be difficult for someone or life’s circumstances to change your perception. Compliments and flattery come and go but at the end of the day you are left with just you.
A good self image must go deeper than how one looks on the outside. Yes, you should present well at all times as it shows that you respect yourself but your confidence cannot merely rely on what others say about you.
I particularly like this saying:
” If you live by people’s acceptance, you will die by their rejection.”
Lecrae, Christian Hip Hop artist.
If you model yourself on how others see you, you are setting yourself up for a fall or on the road to becoming conceited. You cannot please everyone and you should not be aiming to. Learn to like yourself just as you are. You may want to work on particular areas, for example experimenting with make up, changing your diet, exercising but ultimately you should love you even whilst being a work in progress.
Having a good self image ultimately requires positive thinking and speaking positive words. You need to work on this daily in order to overcome your battle. It can be hard going especially if you have spent years being negative – believe me, I should know! I began by writing positive affirmations about myself and spoke them aloud each day. I spoke them into being. I printed a copy to hang on the inside of my wardrobe. I saw this every time I opened the wardrobe – a great reminder which left me beaming!
Has the world gone ‘vanity’ mad?
How much do you rely on the compliments of others?