The “self-image” is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior. – Maxwell Maltz
Ignoring self-image is akin to putting your car in Neutral and expecting to move forward (and, in some cases, like putting it in Reverse . . . ).
It simply won’t work well.
To get anywhere, you must put your car in Drive – and assuming the engine is started, there is fuel in the tank, the engine is tuned properly and you press the accelerator – then you can move.
Let’s extend the car metaphor to people.
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A Healthy Self-Image is like putting your car in Drive: it’s the position that allows for action and movement.
A Started Engine is being awake and alive and aware: if you’re not paying attention, then not much worth talking about will happen.
Fuel in the Tank means you are nourishing your body with the liquids and foods necessary for high performance.
A Well-Tuned Engine means you are optimizing the Four Keys of Life: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual (the extent to which you optimize these areas determines your happiness, fulfillment and achievement).
Pressing the Accelerator is akin to having goals and daily practices that support risk-taking, learning, adaptation and, ultimately, achievement.
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Living well and achieving goals is not just one thing.
It’s the successful integration of a number of things, over time.
Just the sort of thing I work with my coaching clients on . . .