How to Change Your Perception of Yourself

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall.”

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

What is it that you see in the mirror each morning? Do you see the beauty that is within you? Do you see all that you have to offer yourself, others, the world? Believe me, you have plenty to offer.

I see your reflection, you’re unsure and maybe even scared to follow your dreams… to believe that you are truly beautiful, inside and out. However, I ask you to trust me. Trust me when I say that you are beautiful.

You have valuable and helpful things to offer to others. You do them every day. To you they might seem small, but they are big to those watching from the outside. Try looking at yourself as others might see you. See your actions how others would see them.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

How does one change the perception of themselves?

  • First of all, when you look in the mirror, push out all negative thoughts. Anytime a negative thought about yourself enters your mind, cast it aside and replace it with something positive. What physical features do you like about yourself…? Your hair, your smile, your eyes, your body shape, anything at all!
  • Look at all you do for others, your family and friends or even total strangers. You have so much to offer others. Some things you do on a daily basis can be considered valuable and beautiful!
  • Approach the mirror mentally prepared… ready to search for all the beautiful things about yourself. Start with something you already know you like about your appearance. Then let your mind naturally wander to another thing you like about your appearance. Going in with a blank mind ready for positivity will allow you to think of all those things that are good instead of automatically focusing on things that you don’t like so much.
  • Even without the mirror, you can spend a few minutes a day thinking about all you accomplished recently, and all the good works you do on a daily basis. This doesn’t make you conceited. Boosting your self-esteem actually makes you more efficient and productive. You can be more helpful to others if you believe yourself to be just that.
  • Every time you take a peek in the mirror, allow yourself to be proud and happy with your appearance and all you have accomplished outside of what the mirror can tell you. Mirrors don’t tell the whole story, obviously. They can only show you what you can physically see at any one given moment. What about all of those other moments accumulated throughout the day that happen that are positive?

So what do you think of your reflection…? Physical reflection, the reflection of yourself that you see in others, and the reflection in your mind based on your thoughts of yourself. It is a process in itself to change these thought processes to be more positive and not put yourself down every time you think of it. It takes hard work and consistent practice, but you are very much capable of that!

So often we think of ourselves as failures just because we don’t accomplish everything we set out to accomplish or everything we “need” to do in a day. We are so much more than that! We need to focus on all of the things we do accomplish, all we do for ourselves and others that is good.

Tell me a bit about you and what you want to accomplish this week. Are you going to be kinder to yourself if you don’t accomplish everything? Are you going to try to alter your mental reflection of yourself?

~Bonnie~

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12 thoughts on “How to Change Your Perception of Yourself

  1. I have been thinking a lot about kindness recently and I have finally allowed myself to believe that kindness to oneself is a pre-requisite to being kind to others. Treating ourselves at least as well as we would treat our best friend is a good start. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. I really enjoyed your post, Bonnie.

    It’s so hard to remember to look past the physical image we see in front of us (which we may or may not be happy about, depending on the day and the mood in which we find ourselves!) and to think about the value of our actions and how they can help others. Being kind to others can seem almost a natural impulse sometimes, but many of us struggle with being kind to ourselves. Great post!

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  3. Great post! I like that you said, “be proud of all you have accomplished with your appearance outside of what the mirror can show you.” This is a statement that everyone needs to hear. It’s important to remember where you started to see how far you’ve come and that there is so much more than what you see in the mirror.

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    1. Thank you! It is tough to retrain our brains when they are so used to putting us down automatically. It really is our whole self that makes us beautiful, not just our appearance (although I firmly believe everyone holds physical beauty as well), and I hope more people can realize that they have so much more to offer.

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  5. I like this post and I feel it has some very nice suggestions. I remember my first visit to your blog and that post also made me feel you write very effectively to connect with your readers. I feel society and relations are true mirrors of what we carry in our hearts and they have a lasting impact on our lives because only lasting beauty is the beauty of our hearts. Thanks for sharing this lovely post 🙂

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

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