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Self-Concept: Blueprint Of Our Lives

Power of Justice [JG]

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In my post about The Subconscious Mind And Its Role In Manifesting Our Reality I talked about how nearly all of our actions are controlled by the subconscious mind, but here I want to expand on the exact mechanisms that govern our behavior and what actually goes on behind the scenes. I firmly believe that a basic understanding of behavioral psychology goes a long way in life, and I’ve done my best to explain it in the simplest terms possible. This might be a heavy read for people unfamiliar with the subject, so please bear with me; it all makes sense in the end.

Psychology defines one's self-concept as a knowledge structure made up of many beliefs and ideas that define who we are as well as every aspect of our lives. Simply put, it embodies the answer to the question, "Who am I?" Our self-concept develops most rapidly during early childhood and adolescence, but it continues to form and change over time as we learn more about ourselves.

Your overall self-concept is actually made up of many smaller self-concepts. In fact, you have a self-concept for every part of your life that you consider to be important. You have a self-concept for your appearance, weight, intelligence, creative ability, sense of humor, love life, how well you perform at work and in sports, how much money you earn, etc.

Self-concept works a bit like an autopilot in the sense that, for better or for worse, you never deviate too much from it, and if you ever do, subconsciously, you take corrective actions to return back to the self-concept image you have established in your mind.

Taking for example your self-concept level of income, if you suddenly earn above 10% of your normal level of income through a bonus at work, prize money, whatever, unless you are consciously aware, you immediately engage in what are called "throwaway behaviors." You do everything you can to get rid of the money; you spend it on nights out, friends, gifts, you buy things you never thought you needed "just to have," you go on vacations, you do anything and everything to return to your self-concept level of income, or "comfort zone."

But if you earn 10% or more below your self-concept level of income, you engage in what are called "scrambling behaviors." You do everything you can to bring your income back up to your "comfort zone," and once you’re there, you relax. Similar analogies can be made for every area of one’s life.[1][2]

Self-Concept is vast and has many aspects that can be studied individually, but can ultimately be broken down into three main components:


1. Ideal Self

Your Ideal Self is the person you most want to be. The Ideal Self is an idealized version of yourself created out of what you have learned from your life experiences, the demands of society, and what you admire in your role models.

This part of our personality is associated with all of our dreams, goals, values, and aspirations.


2. Self-Image (also known as Real Self)

Self-image is basically how an individual sees and thinks about themselves. It is a number of impressions and beliefs about oneself that have built up over time. Self-image can be very positive, giving a person confidence in their thoughts and actions, or negative, making a person doubtful of their capabilities and ideas.

Very importantly, it does not always align with reality. An extreme example: an anorexic person who is thin may have a self-image in which they believe they are fat.

Self-image is also known as the “inner mirror.” Whenever you go to do anything in life you check your self-image like a stage performer checks in the mirror before they go on stage. Your performance in life is largely determined by your self-image.


3. Self-Esteem

This is the most important part of all, the emotional part of our character, the powerhouse of our personality. Self-esteem is your subjective sense of overall personal worth or value. How much you like yourself is the measure of your self-esteem.

Whenever your self-image is consistent with your ideal self (the person you are and the person you would most like to be), your self-esteem goes up. Whenever you do anything that is consistent with being the best person you could be, you feel happy, proud, and have more energy, confidence, and self-respect. Conversely, whenever you do anything that is "not like you," such as scream or swear at somebody, embarrass yourself in front of your boss, or forget to do an RTR, your self-esteem takes a hit.

Your self-esteem determines your levels of vitality, personal strength, confidence, energy, influence, charisma, magnetism, etc.—whenever you have high self-esteem, all of your best qualities emerge. Self-esteem is everything.


How all of the above applies to our lives in simple terms:


The ideal self teaches us that we are only as good as our goals. Successful people are very clear about their goals, values, dreams, and what they believe in. Unsuccessful people, on the other hand, are very confused about their values and goals and compromise them for the slightest advantage. The people who know exactly what they want out of life and where they are going are much more effective, stronger, and happier than those who wander aimlessly and just drift by.

A person who has a list of goals they firmly believe in and pursue has purpose in their life. Someone with purpose in their life does not require external sources of motivation that are fleeting and fade away as quickly as they come. They wake up excited to begin their day and get one step closer to fulfilling their dreams. The more powerful the purpose is, the stronger it pulls them towards the future they desire. It also pulls them through all challenges, circumstances, and difficulties. Without such a purpose, it’s easy to lose heart over a bad day, be depressed by a bad month, or even be annihilated by a poor year if you don't have something to look forward to that will pull you beyond a period of difficulty.




Setting goals is the easy part. Now you actually have to go out and accomplish them; success is in the doing. Changing your self-image, or how you really see yourself, is where you make the difference. You won't do much if you believe yourself incapable of the task you want to achieve. You can do only what you think you can do.

Oftentimes, we hold a self-image that is restricted and inadequate to meeting our full potential. Unlike the Gods, we don't see the world as it is; we see the world as we are. We build a screen of beliefs in our minds, through which we filter reality, and we only see the things that are consistent with our beliefs. Unfortunately, most people hold self-limiting beliefs; they believe themselves to be incapable, undeserving, unworthy etc. and live their lives according to those beliefs. They have a very narrow view of the world; that's all they see.

It is so important that we expand our self-image. I bet everyone can relate to doing something the wrong way for a long time and then being shown a correct and much easier way to do it. In that moment, it feels like our whole belief system has been turned upside down. The solution seems so clear and obvious that we wonder how we could have ever been so blind.

Even if one has great potential and gifts to be something extraordinary, unless they “see” themselves as being capable, unless they stop putting themselves down and listening to the negative views of others, unless they change the image they hold of themselves in their mind, that potential is wasted. It is never even seen or recognized by them.

Challenge your self-limiting beliefs; don’t ever say things like, "I can't do this; I’m not good at that; it’s just the way I am." Be conscious in your daily lives; whenever such thoughts come up, ask yourselves, "Is that really true?" How did I come up with that belief? Chances are, you are totally wrong; you have more ability than you can imagine. Don’t sell yourself short. Questions open the mind, statements close the mind.

What differentiates winners from losers in life is that, prior to taking any action, whether it be public speaking, meeting friends, or meditation, they both visualize and recall a memory. But winners recall their previous success experience, how happy and confident they felt; losers, on the other hand, recall their previous unhappy experience and how bad, embarrassed, or unsuccessful they felt. In both cases, they subconsciously set up a forcefield of energy that largely recreates what they have imaged in their minds.

As discussed in the previous topic, we form a mental picture of ourselves through experience, and we can change that picture the same way, through experience.[3] If the actual experience we require is not available to us we can create that experience synthetically through Satanic Hypnosis, which is also the most powerful way to change our self-image. This works because the subconscious mind cannot differentiate between real and imagined experiences.




Your relationship with yourself is the most important one you will ever have, because if that one isn't healthy, none of your other ones will be either. Whenever we perform in a way that is consistent with being the best person we could be, every aspect of our lives improves. And the better we do in life, the more we like ourselves, and the more we like ourselves, the better we do, and this creates an upward spiral to even greater success.

Some of the most powerful words you will ever learn are, "I like myself." Whenever you reinforce the idea of liking yourself, your overall self-concept goes up, your self-image improves, and your ideal self clarifies.[4]

The idea of liking yourself is the purest and most positive statement you can give from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind. It's impossible to like yourself and be angry, worried, depressed, or influenced by any other self-destructive emotion.




Knowing all of the above, you can pick any area in your life that you are lacking in and dissect it, taking apart its own little self-concept and breaking it down into its main parts, easily seeing what's wrong with it and how you can improve it.

All life forms strive to reach the maximum of their potential, except for human beings. The difference between us and the rest of the animals is that we are given the power of choice. It's what makes humanity great and capable of anything. It is also what makes most people nowadays mediocre.

You will never see a tree grow half the size it can, bear half the fruit it can, or drive its roots only halfway into the ground. The only goal a tree has from the moment it takes root in the ground is to be the best it can be, and it will pursue that goal with every ounce of its being. Otherwise, another tree might overshadow it and starve it of light, spread its roots deeper and starve it of nutrients, and so on. They, however, cannot change their nature; they are as nature intended them to be. An apple tree can’t just decide to be a peach tree.

We have the power of choice; our nature isn’t set in stone or predetermined at birth; a human being can choose to be any one of a myriad of things, so why don't people strive to be the best they can be? Why do people waste their lives in meaningless entertainment and pursuits that do not improve them or society in any way? Why are people unbothered with being less than they can be? Man's greatest burden is unfulfilled potential.

One of the most destructive things you can do to yourself is to simply do less than you can. It sets up all kinds of mental problems, as it wrecks all three parts of your self-concept and leaves you in a terrible state of guilt, frustration, failure, and depression.

We MUST decide what we want out of life and pursue it, in so doing, making life rewarding and worthwhile.

There is nothing like the soaring self-confidence and sense of fulfillment that come from putting in full effort, regardless of the activity. At the end of the day, when you know you did all you could and gave it your best, that’s when you really feel good about yourself. Once you know that you can have those kinds of days, soon they turn into powerful months and eventually years. I promise you, no matter where you are in life, by applying this knowledge, it will not take you long to far surpass the vast majority of people out there.

Do your best, that's all you need.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Notes & References:


1. About a 10% deviation in the self-concept level of income seems to be the tipping point for most people to take action and return to their "comfort zone." Different areas of life have different tipping points associated with their own self-concepts.


2. The “comfort zone,” possibly the greatest enemy of human success.

comfort zone
/noun/
A situation where one feels safe or at ease. A settled method of working that requires little
effort and yields only barely acceptable results.
"If you stay within your comfort zone, you will never improve."

One can have a comfort zone where they make 40,000 a year or 1,000,000, speak before a crowd of 20 people or 20,000, whatever it is, your mind will keep you there forever unless you take action and strive to do or be more. It is rarely pleasant, but the only way to move forward in life. A turtle is safe when hiding in its shell, but the only way for it to move forward is to expose itself, sticking its head and legs out. Only then, when it's most vulnerable, can it get anywhere.

3. First impressions are incredibly powerful. A good or bad first impression greatly determines your attitude toward and success in many areas of life, for example, your ability to perform in sports, drive, speak in public, make love, etc. First impressions contribute immensely to the formation of new self-concepts.

People tend to get attached to their initial impressions and find it very difficult to change their opinion, even when presented with lots of evidence to the contrary. Remember, especially when meeting new people, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. The amount of time and effort you will spend trying to change a person's opinion of yourself is incomparable to simply going the extra mile and preparing for the encounter beforehand, if it's at all possible.

4. One of the most powerful things you can do in your relationships with other people is to make them like themselves. Say and do things with them—not manipulatively—that cause them to like themselves. Compliment them on the way they look, thank them for being punctual, praise them for their accomplishments, say "thank you", and so on.

We go through life like a bee goes from flower to flower; if we uplift, give back, and contribute instead of only looking to take and serve ourselves, we’ll be one of the most popular people there are. Everyone will be happy to see us and brighten up when they know we are coming.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

This article is a distillation of the many works of people who have dedicated their whole lives to the study of the mind and personal development, such as Brian Tracy, Bob Proctor, Jim Rohn, and Earl Nightingale. Much of what you see in this article is taken from their works.
 
Brilliant 😄
Simply put, it embodies the answer to the question, "Who am I?"
Who are you? Retrospection and Questions to ask yourself - RavenSky666 (SapphireDragon)
Self-image is also known as the “inner mirror.” Whenever you go to do anything in life you check your self-image like a stage performer checks in the mirror before they go on stage. Your performance in life is largely determined by your self-image.
I do this!
Setting goals is the easy part. Now you actually have to go out and accomplish them; success is in the doing.
"The act of putting in the effort, regardless of the outcome, is how you succeed." - Blitzkreig [JG]
On the principle of "Don't think, Act", and Intuition - VoiceofEnki
Do NOT Overthink it! Just read this... -BlackSnake

Questions open the mind, statements close the mind.
Good saying! "Each statement an affirmation" or, "Every statement is affirming".
This ties into Overcoming Obstacles

An apple tree can’t just decide to be a peach tree.
Oy vey. That's hate speech! 🤭

"And seriously, FUCK your comfort zone." - HP. Hoodedcobra666
 
Another great post.

Everybody likes to quote "know thyself" but no one ever asks do I actually "like myself."

I would encourage others, especially men who are struggling in life caused by low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence to listen to Jim Rohn's talks which can be found all over YouTube.

Fear is the mind killer and will absolutely destroy you if you let it takeover. In life we are bombarded by the media with so much fear, we focus all our minds eye and attention on what we can not change or control, at leas not in the short term. Instead, fear not making the most out of every single moment. Stop it with the porn, cut out all the little addictions and time wasters that serve no other purpose in your life other than temporarily prohibiting you from being the best you can be in every single moment, within every single day.

Finishing each and every day being proud of the effort and work you accomplished, knowing you did your absolute best is what overtime, will build your self-esteem, confidence, strong character, and lead to success. This is a must as a spiritual satanist. We are in no position to allow ourselves and our own time be compromised.

So do you like yourself? Are you even giving yourself a reason to?
 
Very good article once again.
I save your text in my personal notes, along with the 1st article.
Thank you very much for helping us to improve ☺
 
Incredible post, it's easy to see the effort you put into it. I wish I had read it a very long time ago lol. You're post basically summarizes the book psycho-cybernetics, it's all about self image.
 
Great post! So many great points, I love reading things like this. So many people, myself included have struggled and even still continue to struggle with accepting themselves or loving themselves. We live in such a imbalanced world but that doesn't mean we can't find out balance from within and still live a great life. It takes time, hard work and thinking outside of ones comfort level sometimes. But it's definitely worth it in the long run.

I struggled for a long time, I over analyzed everything I said, I doubted in my abilities and my gut feelings, I would demean myself over things I did wrong. All of that was coming from negative karma and enemy curses. But once I started to free myself from that way of feeling and thinking I started to appreciate myself and not feel guilty, or second guessing what I am good at, or accepting myself.

There are some things I still need work on and to change, but that doesn't mean I should feel bad about it. I can instead have control over fixing the issue rather than letting stress become self hate that controls me. We are sometimes so unreasonably hard on ourselves. It's good to be strict with yourself sometimes to get things done, but not in a way that punishes you. I am still working on myself, I am still learning. I learned recently IT'S OK to accept I don't know everything, It's ok to admit when I don't know a thing. It's not a sign of weakness, I shouldn't beat myself up over it just because I feel I should have known that sooner or all along. Everyone learns on their own level.


Again, Good read!
Thank you for sharing this!
 
There are 12 areas of life to according the astrology.Career, Relationship, Friends, Sex, Family, Money, etc...
My goal is to make them all to perfect!
But the biggest(greatest) goal at the moment to destroy the jews and all the programmes and ideologies associated with them!
 
Beautiful post. Since I can remember, I fight against my low self-steem. I work on this everyday, and also with my therapist. I'll try hypnosis too. My parents made it hard for me to have a good self-steem but I try. The "I like myself" affirmation is beautiful, for real.

Just did a meditation (I'm following the 40days program), and I realized that meditating is like "giving a hug to myself". Self-compassion is important to work self esteem too.

I guess I just needed this post. Thank you!
 
Powerofjustice said:
In my post about The Subconscious Mind And Its Role In Manifesting Our Reality I talked about how nearly all of our actions are controlled by the subconscious mind, but here I want to expand on the exact mechanisms that govern our behavior and what actually goes on behind the scenes. I firmly believe that a basic understanding of behavioral psychology goes a long way in life, and I’ve done my best to explain it in the simplest terms possible. This might be a heavy read for people unfamiliar with the subject, so please bear with me; it all makes sense in the end.

Psychology defines one's self-concept as a knowledge structure made up of many beliefs and ideas that define who we are as well as every aspect of our lives. Simply put, it embodies the answer to the question, "Who am I?" Our self-concept develops most rapidly during early childhood and adolescence, but it continues to form and change over time as we learn more about ourselves.

Your overall self-concept is actually made up of many smaller self-concepts. In fact, you have a self-concept for every part of your life that you consider to be important. You have a self-concept for your appearance, weight, intelligence, creative ability, sense of humor, love life, how well you perform at work and in sports, how much money you earn, etc.

Self-concept works a bit like an autopilot in the sense that, for better or for worse, you never deviate too much from it, and if you ever do, subconsciously, you take corrective actions to return back to the self-concept image you have established in your mind.

Taking for example your self-concept level of income, if you suddenly earn above 10% of your normal level of income through a bonus at work, prize money, whatever, unless you are consciously aware, you immediately engage in what are called "throwaway behaviors." You do everything you can to get rid of the money; you spend it on nights out, friends, gifts, you buy things you never thought you needed "just to have," you go on vacations, you do anything and everything to return to your self-concept level of income, or "comfort zone."

But if you earn 10% or more below your self-concept level of income, you engage in what are called "scrambling behaviors." You do everything you can to bring your income back up to your "comfort zone," and once you’re there, you relax. Similar analogies can be made for every area of one’s life.[1][2]

Self-Concept is vast and has many aspects that can be studied individually, but can ultimately be broken down into three main components:


1. Ideal Self

Your Ideal Self is the person you most want to be. The Ideal Self is an idealized version of yourself created out of what you have learned from your life experiences, the demands of society, and what you admire in your role models.

This part of our personality is associated with all of our dreams, goals, values, and aspirations.


2. Self-Image (also known as Real Self)

Self-image is basically how an individual sees and thinks about themselves. It is a number of impressions and beliefs about oneself that have built up over time. Self-image can be very positive, giving a person confidence in their thoughts and actions, or negative, making a person doubtful of their capabilities and ideas.

Very importantly, it does not always align with reality. An extreme example: an anorexic person who is thin may have a self-image in which they believe they are fat.

Self-image is also known as the “inner mirror.” Whenever you go to do anything in life you check your self-image like a stage performer checks in the mirror before they go on stage. Your performance in life is largely determined by your self-image.


3. Self-Esteem

This is the most important part of all, the emotional part of our character, the powerhouse of our personality. Self-esteem is your subjective sense of overall personal worth or value. How much you like yourself is the measure of your self-esteem.

Whenever your self-image is consistent with your ideal self (the person you are and the person you would most like to be), your self-esteem goes up. Whenever you do anything that is consistent with being the best person you could be, you feel happy, proud, and have more energy, confidence, and self-respect. Conversely, whenever you do anything that is "not like you," such as scream or swear at somebody, embarrass yourself in front of your boss, or forget to do an RTR, your self-esteem takes a hit.

Your self-esteem determines your levels of vitality, personal strength, confidence, energy, influence, charisma, magnetism, etc.—whenever you have high self-esteem, all of your best qualities emerge. Self-esteem is everything.


How all of the above applies to our lives in simple terms:


The ideal self teaches us that we are only as good as our goals. Successful people are very clear about their goals, values, dreams, and what they believe in. Unsuccessful people, on the other hand, are very confused about their values and goals and compromise them for the slightest advantage. The people who know exactly what they want out of life and where they are going are much more effective, stronger, and happier than those who wander aimlessly and just drift by.

A person who has a list of goals they firmly believe in and pursue has purpose in their life. Someone with purpose in their life does not require external sources of motivation that are fleeting and fade away as quickly as they come. They wake up excited to begin their day and get one step closer to fulfilling their dreams. The more powerful the purpose is, the stronger it pulls them towards the future they desire. It also pulls them through all challenges, circumstances, and difficulties. Without such a purpose, it’s easy to lose heart over a bad day, be depressed by a bad month, or even be annihilated by a poor year if you don't have something to look forward to that will pull you beyond a period of difficulty.




Setting goals is the easy part. Now you actually have to go out and accomplish them; success is in the doing. Changing your self-image, or how you really see yourself, is where you make the difference. You won't do much if you believe yourself incapable of the task you want to achieve. You can do only what you think you can do.

Oftentimes, we hold a self-image that is restricted and inadequate to meeting our full potential. Unlike the Gods, we don't see the world as it is; we see the world as we are. We build a screen of beliefs in our minds, through which we filter reality, and we only see the things that are consistent with our beliefs. Unfortunately, most people hold self-limiting beliefs; they believe themselves to be incapable, undeserving, unworthy etc. and live their lives according to those beliefs. They have a very narrow view of the world; that's all they see.

It is so important that we expand our self-image. I bet everyone can relate to doing something the wrong way for a long time and then being shown a correct and much easier way to do it. In that moment, it feels like our whole belief system has been turned upside down. The solution seems so clear and obvious that we wonder how we could have ever been so blind.

Even if one has great potential and gifts to be something extraordinary, unless they “see” themselves as being capable, unless they stop putting themselves down and listening to the negative views of others, unless they change the image they hold of themselves in their mind, that potential is wasted. It is never even seen or recognized by them.

Challenge your self-limiting beliefs; don’t ever say things like, "I can't do this; I’m not good at that; it’s just the way I am." Be conscious in your daily lives; whenever such thoughts come up, ask yourselves, "Is that really true?" How did I come up with that belief? Chances are, you are totally wrong; you have more ability than you can imagine. Don’t sell yourself short. Questions open the mind, statements close the mind.

What differentiates winners from losers in life is that, prior to taking any action, whether it be public speaking, meeting friends, or meditation, they both visualize and recall a memory. But winners recall their previous success experience, how happy and confident they felt; losers, on the other hand, recall their previous unhappy experience and how bad, embarrassed, or unsuccessful they felt. In both cases, they subconsciously set up a forcefield of energy that largely recreates what they have imaged in their minds.

As discussed in the previous topic, we form a mental picture of ourselves through experience, and we can change that picture the same way, through experience.[3] If the actual experience we require is not available to us we can create that experience synthetically through Satanic Hypnosis, which is also the most powerful way to change our self-image. This works because the subconscious mind cannot differentiate between real and imagined experiences.




Your relationship with yourself is the most important one you will ever have, because if that one isn't healthy, none of your other ones will be either. Whenever we perform in a way that is consistent with being the best person we could be, every aspect of our lives improves. And the better we do in life, the more we like ourselves, and the more we like ourselves, the better we do, and this creates an upward spiral to even greater success.

Some of the most powerful words you will ever learn are, "I like myself." Whenever you reinforce the idea of liking yourself, your overall self-concept goes up, your self-image improves, and your ideal self clarifies.[4]

The idea of liking yourself is the purest and most positive statement you can give from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind. It's impossible to like yourself and be angry, worried, depressed, or influenced by any other self-destructive emotion.




Knowing all of the above, you can pick any area in your life that you are lacking in and dissect it, taking apart its own little self-concept and breaking it down into its main parts, easily seeing what's wrong with it and how you can improve it.

All life forms strive to reach the maximum of their potential, except for human beings. The difference between us and the rest of the animals is that we are given the power of choice. It's what makes humanity great and capable of anything. It is also what makes most people nowadays mediocre.

You will never see a tree grow half the size it can, bear half the fruit it can, or drive its roots only halfway into the ground. The only goal a tree has from the moment it takes root in the ground is to be the best it can be, and it will pursue that goal with every ounce of its being. Otherwise, another tree might overshadow it and starve it of light, spread its roots deeper and starve it of nutrients, and so on. They, however, cannot change their nature; they are as nature intended them to be. An apple tree can’t just decide to be a peach tree.

We have the power of choice; our nature isn’t set in stone or predetermined at birth; a human being can choose to be any one of a myriad of things, so why don't people strive to be the best they can be? Why do people waste their lives in meaningless entertainment and pursuits that do not improve them or society in any way? Why are people unbothered with being less than they can be? Man's greatest burden is unfulfilled potential.

One of the most destructive things you can do to yourself is to simply do less than you can. It sets up all kinds of mental problems, as it wrecks all three parts of your self-concept and leaves you in a terrible state of guilt, frustration, failure, and depression.

We MUST decide what we want out of life and pursue it, in so doing, making life rewarding and worthwhile.

There is nothing like the soaring self-confidence and sense of fulfillment that come from putting in full effort, regardless of the activity. At the end of the day, when you know you did all you could and gave it your best, that’s when you really feel good about yourself. Once you know that you can have those kinds of days, soon they turn into powerful months and eventually years. I promise you, no matter where you are in life, by applying this knowledge, it will not take you long to far surpass the vast majority of people out there.

Do your best, that's all you need.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Notes & References:


1. About a 10% deviation in the self-concept level of income seems to be the tipping point for most people to take action and return to their "comfort zone." Different areas of life have different tipping points associated with their own self-concepts.


2. The “comfort zone,” possibly the greatest enemy of human success.

comfort zone
/noun/
A situation where one feels safe or at ease. A settled method of working that requires little
effort and yields only barely acceptable results.
"If you stay within your comfort zone, you will never improve."

One can have a comfort zone where they make 40,000 a year or 1,000,000, speak before a crowd of 20 people or 20,000, whatever it is, your mind will keep you there forever unless you take action and strive to do or be more. It is rarely pleasant, but the only way to move forward in life. A turtle is safe when hiding in its shell, but the only way for it to move forward is to expose itself, sticking its head and legs out. Only then, when it's most vulnerable, can it get anywhere.

3. First impressions are incredibly powerful. A good or bad first impression greatly determines your attitude toward and success in many areas of life, for example, your ability to perform in sports, drive, speak in public, make love, etc. First impressions contribute immensely to the formation of new self-concepts.

People tend to get attached to their initial impressions and find it very difficult to change their opinion, even when presented with lots of evidence to the contrary. Remember, especially when meeting new people, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. The amount of time and effort you will spend trying to change a person's opinion of yourself is incomparable to simply going the extra mile and preparing for the encounter beforehand, if it's at all possible.

4. One of the most powerful things you can do in your relationships with other people is to make them like themselves. Say and do things with them—not manipulatively—that cause them to like themselves. Compliment them on the way they look, thank them for being punctual, praise them for their accomplishments, say "thank you", and so on.

We go through life like a bee goes from flower to flower; if we uplift, give back, and contribute instead of only looking to take and serve ourselves, we’ll be one of the most popular people there are. Everyone will be happy to see us and brighten up when they know we are coming.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

This article is a distillation of the many works of people who have dedicated their whole lives to the study of the mind and personal development, such as Brian Tracy, Bob Proctor, Jim Rohn, and Earl Nightingale. Much of what you see in this article is taken from their works.


This is an amazing read mate.
 

Al Jilwah: Chapter IV

"It is my desire that all my followers unite in a bond of unity, lest those who are without prevail against them." - Satan

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