“You are what you think you are” – Temitayo Abudu

How do you perceive your abilities, appearance or personality? 

When confronted with difficulties do you see yourself as someone that has developed the capacity enough to handle issues with finesse or do you think otherwise?

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We can trace the answer to this question to Self Image.

According to the dictionary, self-image is the idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality.

It can also be the way a person views his/herself.

One trap that arouses the negative self-image people have about themselves is the frailty and the ineptitude to develop capacity and competence. People get used to this and continue that way. But this is not consistently the situation.


It is obvious in our society today that most people are not happy not because they lack money or a good standard of living, but because they see themselves as being unattractive or incapable to handle situations.

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Taking conscious steps to improve your self-image in any aspect of life means you are deliberately improving your life. Most especially when the changes emanate from your thinking process.  This stern from the good book that says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” In summary, you are what you believe.

 “If you think you are great, then you are and if you think otherwise so it is.”

For you to improve your self-image, you must start by loving yourself from within. Change your thinking pattern, especially if it is not positive or adding value to you as a person. Watch who and what you listen to, if it is negative, stay away from them.

Also, work on your communication skill. Improve your physical appearance because the way you dress is the way you will be addressed.

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It is important to know that “Those who do not have good self-image will always have issues with people, their job, studies and family”.

Dale Carnegie an American author quotes, “there are four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”

Above all, your self-image determines your personality; therefore, handle it with care. The more you improve your self-image, the more valuable you become to your world.


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