SELF-IMAGE: The Foundation of Success

by Dr. Herbert Harris

How you see yourself in your own eyes determines what you get out of life. Self-image is your own conception of yourself. It is the mental and emotional picture you hold in your own consciousness of who you are, what you are, and what you represent.

Your self-image is important because it is the starting point of  your life experiences.

The image you hold of  yourself is like a great vase into which all your life experiences are poured and blended.

If your self-image is a small, limited conception of yourself, based on ignorance, fear, doubt, and insecurity, then all of your experiences will be filtered through these same negative emotions.

On the other hand, if your self-image is based on knowledge, love, courage, respect, faith, and confidence, your life experiences will be filtered through these same positive emotions.

Self-image determines your capacity to give, receive, and interact with the life experiences and possibilities that confront you. Your self-image is like a magnet, attracting or repelling like or unlike qualities into your life experience.

You attract thoughts, people, and experiences which are congruent with how you think and feel about yourself.

If you want to attract the good health, wealth, and happiness that you desire and dream about, then you must develop a self-image that is compatible with and supports these very thoughts—namely good health, wealth, and happiness.

Below is an interesting example of affirmative use of your self-image:

One question that appears on just about every job application is: “What salary and benefits are you expecting to receive?” Many prospective employers give a lot of weight to how this question is answered. Subconsciously, most people will answer with a figure that indicates their own assessment of what they bring to the position.

A figure below what the position is worth is often a tip-off that the applicant has a low assessment of their own skills and would probably not be a good employee.

A figure too high above what the position is worth might indicate a lack of knowledge about the position itself. If you’ve done your homework and know the deal, you should be able to set a figure at the high end of what the position is worth, plus just enough fluff to get some attention. However, let me warn you, be prepared to answer the question that will surely come—“Why do you feel that you would be worth 2 zillion dollars to this company?”

Have a well researched, well thought-out, well presented, logical and intelligent reply. You will probably get the position on your terms, consistent with your self-image.

Your self-image is the foundation of your life experiences.

These experiences begin with your self-image and the thoughts you have about yourself. Your self-image is primarily influenced by your thoughts, emotions and feelings, your environment and your associations.

Think positive thoughts, feel good about yourself, live in a beautiful, peaceful  environment and surround yourself with positive, uplifting people.

When you can do these things, you will create a self-image that will attract all you need to get and what you want in life.

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Dr. Herbert Harris is a retired attorney, graduate of Columbia University in New York City and author of the International Best Seller, The Twelve Universal Laws of Success. He maintains a busy speaking schedule and conducts Life Changing Webinars. More information at and

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