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#98: Positive Imagery

Monday, October 05, 2009

Have you checked your thinking lately? Is the image of your new self as motivating as it was when when you started on the path to better health? If not, what happened? Maybe it's time for what motivational speaker Zig Ziglar calls a "check up from the neck up."

It has frequently been said that what our minds can conceive, we can achieve. But, admittedly, there are times our positive image of ourselves wanes. When that occurs, what do we do to overcome the inferiority complex that holds us back from our dream and our goals and from the pure misery that accompanies a lack of self-esteem?

There is a story about the great opera singer Enrico Caruso that illustrates the conflict between our positive and our negative thoughts of ourselves. It was not widely known at the time that this accomplished singer lacked self-confidence early in his career. Once, while waiting in the wings for his cue to go on stage, Caruso's throat became constricted. Perspiration flowed from him and he shook with fear as stage fright overtook him.

Nearby stagehands were surprised to hear him whisper to himself, "Out! You miserable 'little me,' get out of my way. Out! Out!"

By his effort, he was changing his self-esteem from that of a frightened singer to one of an acclaimed performer who received a standing ovation from the audience after his performance.

Norman Vincent Peale once said, "Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture."

So, when the seeds of self-doubt creep into our thinking from now on, what shall we do? Give ourselves an attitude check up as Ziglar proposes? Of course. Give ourselves a positive self-talk as did Caruso? Definitely. Plant a mental picture of success in our minds as proposed by Peale. Without a doubt.

As we think, so shall we be.
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