It all starts with you. That’s been a recurring theme of those blog and it won’t stop now. How do you see yourself? Do you see what others see or do you see what’s really inside? What percentage of your self-image is your external appearance or more importantly, how much weight to you put in others’ opinion of your external appearance?
I’ll tell you that I’m not overly thrilled with the way I look. Do I try those crazy herbal based diets? Yes. (It’s great!) Do I try those crazy workout programs? Yes (This one works if you stick to it!) Do I look like Hugh Jackman yet? No! (I can’t believe I just Googled ‘Topless Hugh Jackman’) Do I lose sleep at night? Yes…..well, okay no. I don’t and that is because I only care so much about my external appearance.
Don’t get me wrong. I would love six-pack abs and a chiseled chest…and as long as I stick to my crazy herbal diets and do my crazy workout programs, I think I will get there eventually. But what I don’t do is let it get to me. Nor do I let it make me forget who I am on the inside.
I feel like my self-image is great. I know that I do what I can to help out others. I treat people with respect and try to set a good example of what it means to be a man to my son. I look after my wife and try my best to make sure she feels appreciated. And though I may not keep in the greatest contact with friends and family at all times, I make sure that when I do see them, it’s worth their while.
That is how I measure my self-image. This may not be the same for everyone and that is the beauty of us as individuals. We all have our own metrics by which we need to stand. We all have expectations and limits. So, what do you hold yourself against? What is your measuring stick? Are you happy with your self-image? If so, great! If not, I have one piece of advice. Instead of getting down on yourself, re-evaluate your measuring stick. Or….re-
Examine The Glass.