How to Maintain a Positive Self-Image

Negativity is all around us. The news media never seems to have anything good to report, and many of the people you work with take joy in spreading negative messages about others or your workplace. It’s no wonder it gets more difficult by the day, to maintain a positive image.

But it can be done. We must learn how to reprogram ourselves in such a way as to filter out the negativity. It takes a commitment of time and change. You should not expect to improve your self-image outlook in a couple of days. It requires refocusing your energy towards positive thoughts.

People who want to have a more positive outlook on life need to be consistent in their practices. And there will be setbacks along the way. The key is to not let those setbacks derail your efforts. Just pick up from the setback and move forward.

You will need to create a program you can follow that will help you reposition negative thoughts into positive ones. This will require reading appropriate material on the subject. Amazon has plenty of books that can help. When choosing which books to read, try to choose ones that offer similar ideas so that you don’t get overwhelmed. If you don’t want to spend money initially, see if you can find the same books in your local library. This way, if they aren’t right for you, simply move on to the next.

Take a look through the table of contents of the books you are considering. Amazon has a Look Inside feature where they let you see the table of contents of most books that they offer. Look to see what topics are going to be covered and always be sure to read the reviews that are available. These can give you some great insight as to whether the books you select are going to help you with your goal of reshaping your negative thoughts into positive ones.

No amount of reading will be enough if you don’t put it to good use. As mentioned before, consistency is the key and you need to practice the skills that are being introduced to you. You will find that if you continue with your program, over time you will naturally have a more positive outlook and find that the naysayers become annoying to be around. When that happens, you are well on your way to keeping your positive self-image intact.


Judi Moreo
Judi Moreo
Judi Moreo is one of the most in-demand speakers on motivation, communication skills, and personal development in the world. She is the author of You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power and its companion, Achievement Journal, and is the publisher of both the Life Choices book series and Choices magazine as well as the host of the popular Choices with Judi Moreo internet radio show. Judi started her first business, Universal Models and Finishing School, with her savings of $2,000.00. Not knowing she couldn’t be successful with so little capital, she forged ahead and built a virtual empire that included Universal Convention and Trade Associates. Sixteen years later, she sold that business and moved to South Africa to take a position as Group Promotions Manager with a media group of 24 newspapers, 2 television stations, and 1 radio station. After two years, Judi’s entrepreneurial blood led her to start a training and development company, Turning Point International, in South Africa which she ran successfully for six years. Upon learning that her brother was very ill, she returned to the United States and headquartered Turning Point International in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judi has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the globe with her unique speaking and training style. As a popular conference speaker, she has shared the stage with many notable speakers including Norman Vincent Peale, Og Mandino, President George Bush, Sr., Hyrum Smith, Thabo Mbeki, Barbara Bush, Consuela Castillo Kickbusch, Montel Williams, Cavett Robert, and hundreds of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators. Though best known as a motivational speaker and personal development trainer, Judi is often hired as a coach/mentor by entrepreneurs and executives in 28 countries and her advice, products, and training have been engaged by such companies and organizations as Rayovac, Arrow Africa, Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry, and Manpower, US House of Representatives, Kwazulu Financial Corporation, Bophuthatswana National Development Corporation, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as well as hundreds of casino hotels and resorts and dozens of top universities around the world.

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  1. Everyone cultivates an image of themselves that directs them in acting and feeling and which constitutes a fundamental need for survival, as an indispensable prerogative for full and healthy realization. This is self-esteem, which in addition to being closely linked to self-perception, is also similar to two other basic concepts that represent its essence: self-respect and a sense of effectiveness. Self-esteem represents a global judgment about oneself and one’s abilities, which is accompanied by a general sense of self-acceptance and a positive attitude towards oneself. Estimating yourself is a consequence of living in accordance with your values. But if we forget our values, we betray ourselves, we accept compromises that humiliate us, it is useless to try to raise our self-esteem: first we will have to change register.
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  2. Judi:
    Great essay on positivity. As Mariah and I often say, and as we wrote in our book, we have far more choices in life than we consider. One of those choices concerns what we think, or at least what we do with our thoughts. Modern media outlets are adept at exploiting our affinity for negative, dire, threatening content. They commodify it, and their shareholders encourage that. Thanks for bringing attention to one of our favorite concepts, choosing better, more positive thoughts.
    BTW, our book Journey Well, You Are MORE Than Enough fits right in with your reading list.