Have you ever looked at a photo and not recognized yourself at first glance? Cameras capture how the world sees us - whereas when we look at ourselves in a mirror, we often apply a harsher filter with a critical analysis of each characteristic.
It's not surprising that there are differences between how we see ourselves and how the world sees us... Are you more harsh when you look at yourself in the mirror?
Perhaps it's time to try a different filter. Look at yourself with a loving, accepting, forgiving lens and try to identify your favorite characteristics. Don't be surprised if you now notice brighter eyes and a bigger smile! :-D
The truth is, people use filters all the time. It's up to us to make sure that we're using a positive one, instead of a negative one.
Here are four common areas in life that people have self-limiting filters (and I guarantee if you're using any of them, even just one, you're holding yourself back from living the amazing life you were born to have):
Negative Filters: "I don't deserve to be wealthy." "I'll never be rich." "Without money I'll never truly be happy."
Money is nothing more than a commodity, we trade money for products, goods and services. The difference in how much we have or need is all perception. Learn how to live in an abundant mindset and wealth will begin flowing to you in surprising ways!
Negative Filters: "I've always been fat." "Food tastes too good." "I don't like working out."
Weight is nothing but a number, and we have more control than we think over what the scale says. Our actual health is so much more than how many pounds or kilograms we use to identify ourself, but we know weight is one important factor of health. So, keep in mind how important it is to have a mindset of holistic health.
Negative Filters: "I've never had much self-control." "I'm not hurting anyone but myself." "I'm not an addict. I can stop whenever I want."
Whether it's smoking, drinking, drugs, food, or sex. Addiction is an internal trigger - our bodies actually become hooked to the feeling. The response may be physical or chemical, but it's little more than a light switch - learn how to switch your addictions off for good by implementing daily success rituals.
Negative Filters: "I'm ugly." "I'll never be happy." "I'm too hard on myself."
Our life is what we make of it. If you're able to identify something in your life that negatively influences you, make an effort to change. It might not be easy, but try not to fixate on the problems and really focus on what needs to be done.
Do you have any areas in your life that you've been using a negative filter? Are you interested in changing the lens so you can radiate positive truth? If so, hypnosis is a great way to remove self-limiting beliefs and help you to see yourself as the deserving, prosperous soul you really are.
Whether you're just getting started or you'd like to continue on your self-hypnosis journey, be sure to visit the recently launched Hypnosis Live Superstore. Browse their awesome selection of over 200 self-hypnosis audios, which can help you in virtually any aspect of your life that you'd like to improve (including the 4 areas mentioned above).
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.