Updated: Aug 30, 2018
When it comes right down to it how good is your self image really? Do you see yourself with flaws and cracks like a broken vase barely held together?
When asked about three of their most common self talk statements 80% a group of young people gave negative responses.
“I'm not tall enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Not smart enough. Not interesting enough. I'm not likeable enough, not funny enough, not sporty enough. I'm not enough!”
Their own opinion of themselves was in deficit. It was an image that was cracked and flawed and indeed this is how they see themselves. Their deeply held misbeliefs have distorted their opinions of themselves and as a result their self equity is unstable and volatile - often impacting their behaviours and choices with negative outcomes that appear to confirm these usually long held misbeliefs and wrongly placed expectations.
What we believe is all important
You see for each of us it makes a difference what we believe. What we tell ourselves is either the truth or a lie. If you believe something you will act as if you believe it. What we think or believe will determine our feelings and actions. (#misbeliefs #beliefsdeterminesactions #notenough)
It is not the circumstances, events and people that determine how we feel its what we tell ourselves about those circumstances, events and people that will do that. When young people hold misbeliefs they will devalue themselves, the situation and ultimately their future.
When our young people dismantle their misbeliefs, flip their negative self talk, and make an inventory of their strengths, invest in themselves with positive self talk and self belief their prospects for the future will change too.