Accountability Challenge Week 16: The Power of the Self-Image. 

“We act, behave and feel according to what we consider our self-image to be and we do not deviate from this pattern,” Dr. Maxwell Maltz.

If you haven’t heard of or read the book Psycho-Cybernetics, by Dr Maxwell Maltz, I highly recommend you go out and get it. This book first came out on print in 1960, yes wellover 50 years ago.

Yet it remains to this day one of the most influential and ground breaking resources in the field of personal development, particularly as it relates to the concept of the self-image and its role in closing the gap between our potential and our performance in all areas of our lives.

Psyco Cybernetics

Maltz boldly states the “self-image” is the key to human personality and human behaviour. Change the self-image and you change the personality and the behaviour.

When you change your behaviour that is when your results change. Truth be told, the whole purpose of this Accountability Challenge that we have committed to complete is to change our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviour so that we will enjoy the results that we desire. I agree with Dr Maltz that the “Self-Image” that we hold in each area of our own lives is the key.

I realize this is a strong statement but fortunately we can easily prove it to be true or false by looking at our own experiences. Look at your own life; are there areas where you feel extremely confident, capable, and skilled? Take a moment to write them out. I’ll wait for you….

For me I’ve always felt confident in my abilities as an athlete-As far back as I can remember I’ve enjoyed playing sports. I enjoy participating in baseball, football, hockey, basketball, golf, and later in life endurance sports like triathlon-swimming, biking and running. I’m by no means a world class athlete in any of these fields, but I’ve always held a strong “self-image” of myself when it comes to sports and being fit and active.  Because my self-image is healthy to this day Icontinue to participate in, enjoy and occasionally excel in these fields.

Now, ask me to fix anything mechanical, or do any kind of home-renovations that require anything more complicated than the use of a screw driver, or a hammer ( and even that is a big stretch) and my abilities, and my self-image shrinks to the size of a pea.

We all have areas in our lives where our Self-Image is positive and other areas where are self-image is negative. If you are struggling to achieve better results in any area of your life, then you need to take a close look at your self-image, because just like a thermometer controls the temperature in your living room, your current self-image is governing the results that you are allowing yourself to receive.

“Whether we realize it or not each one of us carries about with us a mental blueprint or picture of ourselves. The self-image is our own concept of the “sort of person I am”. It has been built up from our own beliefs about ourselves. But most of these beliefs have unconsciously been formed from our past experiences, our successes and failures, our humiliations, our triumphs, and the way other people have reacted to us, especially in early childhood”. (Page 2 Psycho-Cybernetics)

So the core message that I want to convey this week is first one of self-awareness of where you currently see your own self-image. Yet it is also one of tremendous hope and possibility. If the results you are striving for in any area of your life are currently less than what you desire, than the main reason is that you are holding a faulty self-image. To change the results you desire, change your self-image.

Self Image

Accountability Challenge Week 16: The Power of the Self-Image.

  • Take out a 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper and write out in full detail a description of the image of the person you are about to become.
  • Pay particular attention to the areas of Health, Wealth and Happiness.
  • Clearly describe how you desire to see yourself in each area- The idea behind this exercise is to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. 




Expect Success,


Thought for the week :“We act, behave and feel according to what we consider our self-image to be and we do not deviate from this pattern,”           Dr. Maxwell Maltz.


Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

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