Self-perception determines how you see yourself showing up in the world.
How do you perceive yourself?
Why do friends and family perceive you to be greater than you often perceive yourself to be?
Let’s dive into this powerful and fascinating topic of self-perception!
What is Self-Perception?
Self-perception is a person’s own view of themselves. This perception is the result of a person’s beliefs, values, culture, and life experience. Synonym: self-concept.
How to Improve Your Self-Perception
I’m big on setting a daily intention every single morning before your two feet hit the floor out of bed.
This is one of the biggest opportunities you have to create your day as opposed to being a passive participant in it.
“What type of traits do you want to embody today?”
One of the most powerful ways to improve your self-perception is by making your personal growth a daily habit.
Imagine showing up exactly the way you wish to on a daily basis.
“How do you imagine you would see yourself?”
Your perception of self would likely be disciplined, focused, and in control.
A sense of feeling in control of one’s day is an extremely powerful way to live.
1. Trait embodiment is the secret
Identify one trait every single day you intend to embody.
Setting this powerful intention not only gives you a sense of daily purpose but also energizes and excites you.
Here are a few traits to consider embodying:
- A good listener.
When I use the term “embody” I’m referring to you thinking, feeling, and acting like someone who possesses this trait.
People often ask, “Do you mean fake it until you make it?”
My response is, “How can you fake a trait if you’re clearly exemplifying the characteristics of that trait?
Every single one of you reading this has at some point been courageous, disciplined, focused, and caring.
“These traits reside within all of us, it’s just we need to dust them off a bit and bring back their shine.”
What trait do you intend to embody today?
2. Build your self-trust
The strongest way to build your sense of self is by building trust within yourself.
The most simple and effective way to do this is to say you’re going to do something and do it.
“When you keep the promises you make to yourself, your self-perception quickly grows.”
If you set your daily intention to be disciplined, then think, feel, and act as a disciplined person does.
- Say you’re going to work out for 20 minutes and do it.
- Promise to yourself you’ll eat healthy then eat a healthy salad.
- State that you’ll finish cleaning the house then make it sparkle.
The #1 way we murder our self-perception, confidence, and belief in ourselves is by letting ourselves down.
How did you feel the last time someone lied to you, or worse, the last time you lied to them?
You felt horrible, right?
How do you expect to feel about yourself if you’re lying to yourself every single day?
3. Shift your perspective
Challenge yourself to look at yourself differently.
“Start to consider seeing yourself the way others see you.”
We often think our friends and family members are only being nice when they offer us a compliment.
We fail to recognize the fact that we hear the same compliment from completely different sources time and time again.
Instead of dismissing compliments, start accepting them with a simple, “Thank you.”
You may just find you’ve been lying to the most valuable person in your life, you!
This video expands upon the 5 steps covered in this article.
4. Redefine yourself
Who do you describe yourself to be to others?
Who do you want to describe yourself to be to others?
“Simply take action on steps #1 and #2 above and you have begun the process of redefining yourself.”
Repeat this action until you notice a shift in how you’re defining yourself.
If your goal is to become a disciplined person, do the things disciplined people do.
- Wake up at 5 AM every single morning.
- Make your bed.
- Move your body for at least 10 minutes every morning.
- Drink a glass of water upon awakening.
Do you mean to tell me you can’t perform the actions in this list?
If you say no, you’re kidding yourself.
Redefining yourself is easier than you think.
Get clear on who you want to become and think, feel, and act in ways that define you as being that person.
5. Create the evidence to support your beliefs
If you’re looking to become a more outgoing person then create the evidence to support this concept of self.
Imagine yourself as a detective looking to build a case.
“Build a strong case for the characteristics you wish to possess within yourself.”
The stronger the case you build for yourself the deeper you will internalize your desired characteristics.
- If you want to be a writer, write.
- Want to be kinder, be kind.
- If you want to feel accomplished, accomplish something.
Rocket science, right?
Get up and start becoming a better you at this very moment!
What To Do Next
The next logical step is to take action on one of the 5 tips offered to you today!
Knowledge is only potential power.
Take action today to turn that knowledge into activated power.
If you want some accountability and guidance we have a killer private online coaching group to help you.
It’s intense and gets results and is a 5 day/week action plan that I’ve used with professional athletes to win championships.
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