“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
Creating a positive self-image is a relevant topic in the strange and often confusing world of pop culture. Celebrities are often degraded for portraying themselves in an unflattering manner, and at the same time, they are held up as paragons of the "ideal life" and people are encouraged to try and be just like them.
Often, celebrities' self-image can be tainted due to unhealthy decisions - after all they are still human. When considering your personal self-image, are there specific aspects that you want to improve upon? If so, consider these six easy ways to improve your self-image and begin creating and manifesting the DivaStyle life you deserve!
Consider Your Online and Social Media Presence
From a vain perspective, many individuals base their self-value on the number of followers, likes, or subscribers that they have. There's even a specific category for these folks: Social Media Influencers. To be labeled as an influencer can mean more than just publicity - there are people making their financial living on how many people follow them and take action on their recommendations for products and services.
If it's your goal to become an Influencer, consider the type of material you are posting and evaluate whether it is boosting your image or tainting it. If being an Influencer is NOT your primary goal, then consider what your purpose is for posting and interacting on social media - especially when it can have a negative effect on your life.
Do you often engage in social media arguments over controversial messages or photos you post? Are others viewing you as an object rather than a valuable human being? Do you place more emphasis on crafting the image of a perfect life rather than actually living one? These questions will help you to reevaluate how you are presenting yourself to the public, and help you determine if you're really creating and manifesting the life you dream of.
Evaluate Your Associates
When you surround yourself with toxic individuals, likely you are absorbing negative energy on a grand scale. In addition, if you associate with individuals who have a damaging reputation, others may view you in the same light.
Ask yourself these questions when thinking about your circle of influence:
Do they encourage me to engage in meaningful and positive activities?
Do they have my best interests and my physical, mental and spiritual health in mind?
Do they have a suggestive or otherwise negative reputation, and is that something I want to be associated with?
Take pride in who you invite into your life, as they are a direct reflection of how you feel about yourself.
Break and Discard Unhealthy Habits
Breaking an unhealthy habit will work wonders for how you see yourself and how others view you. Eliminate harmful activities that are destructive to your health.
Aristotle quoted, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The pride you'll feel as a result of leaving behind something destructive will help increase and strengthen your overall sense of self-confidence. You'll also see the physical benefits of leaving behind smoking, excessive drinking, and overeating.
Often times, we are our own biggest critics. We may even grow accustomed to the negative voice in our head constantly spewing confidence impeding statements.
In order to combat that stream of self-destructive, practice speaking kind words to yourself.
Self-affirmations, when repeated out loud on a daily basis can serve as the motivational mantra to guide your steps along your journey to developing a DivaStyle Life. Emphasize your awesome qualities and be sure to complement your beauty.
By doing so, you will see a vast improvement in how you carry yourself. Don't fall into the trap of ignoring the physical and thinking that paying attention to your visual image makes you superficial. How you present yourself visually to the world makes a big difference in how you will be treated, and if you'll get the chance to show the rest of your Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious and Authentic qualities.
Invest in Yourself
Many people assume that in order to exude a positive self-image, you have to be a member of the financially elite and be prepared to spend tons of money. The reality? That mentality is quite false. There are resourceful ways to improve your overall visual appearance.
One way is to ensure that your clothes are neat, ironed, and appropriate for the setting where you are working, traveling, or present in. Keep up with your personal physical appearance by remaining clean, polished, and put together in a way that YOU enjoy and that makes you feel good.
You can adjust your style by investing in Color Analysis to find your best colors, and then dressing in your personal "Power Colors" to attract positive visual attention and make a distinctive first impression, or choose to wear more neutral colors when you want more of the focus to be on your verbal expression.
Your physical appearance isn’t the only way to invest in yourself. Challenge your mind by reading books that increase your understanding and get your closer to "Expert" status in your chosen field or subject. Engage in unique activities that broaden your horizons.
Invest in your future by making smart decisions in the present.
Portray and Exude Confidence Through Body Language
The art of body language is subtle yet powerful.
The way we carry ourselves speaks volumes to our overall image. Instead of standing with your shoulders slumped - a habit that's easy to get into - elevate and straighten your posture to demonstrate confidence.
Speak with intention and clarity as opposed to beating around the bush.
Think carefully about how and what your body is communicating when you interact with others. You'll start to notice a shift in how others perceive you.
You have the power to change your self-image by making small variations in your routine - and you can start today! By doing so, you'll start to show others how much you value yourself and your future.