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Vignette 4: Mutual Trust

Audio Message 4: The Self-Image

Bob Conklin begins this message with a story about a Persian prince who, as a boy, was somewhat crippled. So he had a statue made of himself standing straight and tall; an image of how he expected to be as he grew up. He would look at that statue every day and say, "that is me, that is how I will become".  I haven't been able to find a reference to that story but it does illustrate the power of the self-image. As the story concludes, the boy does, in fact, grow to be straight and tall, thus becoming what he saw himself to be.  

Of course, the purpose of the story is to get listeners thinking about the way they see themselves and to explore the power that self-image has on a person.  So, the big question is, "What is your image of yourself?".  The past few exercises were designed to challenge and then develop that self-image.

There is now much research in the field of Positive Psychology to support the power of self-image, beginning perhaps with the now-famous work of Maxwell Maltz found in his 1960 book, Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life. Maltz began his work on visualization and self-image after seeing his plastic surgery patients struggling to accept their new physical look because their mind still held on to the previous image they had of themselves.  This connection between the mind and body intrigued him and led him to develop techniques which would help his patients live into the new physical being they now had.  Bob references this work and connects it with earlier wisdom such as :

The mass of people lead lives of quiet desperation - Henry David Thoreau

Where there is no vision, the people perish - Book of Proverbs

He asks you, the listener, to think bigger, to see yourself not as you are today but as you want to become in the future.  As a start, to build on the strengths you already have.  Within those strengths is the vision of the kind of person you want to become.  A key to this process is visualization, seeing that other YOU clearly and using that picture to direct the unconscious mind.  Much like the story of the Persian prince, people tend to become what they picture themselves to be. 

Bob ends the message with a powerful thought - you can't be anything you don't think you are.  My short note on at the end of my listening was: I am a writer!  Revisiting this audio message I realize I have not done the work that needs to be done to become what I wish to become.  It is time to get back on the journey.

I also remember the tag line I developed for my emerging business so long ago - You are more than a human being, you are a human becoming.

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