When we wake up in the morning and prepare for the day’s activities, be it work or school, a close friend of ours is the mirror. We turn to the mirror for our reflection, to see what we are, and it gives us exactly that – our reflection. It shows us how the clothes we have decided to wear look on us. The truth is that the mirror gives us what we have already given ourselves.
In life, there will be a countless number of times we will expect others to treat us in a particular manner and they treat us in another. Sometimes we do not quite understand it when they treated us contrary to our expectations. Soon enough, we discover the fact that people will treat us the way we treated ourselves.
This simple knowledge completely changed my whole outlook of life. From junior high school, I started telling myself I was a smart guy; that I was brilliant, and for a boy sharing first name with Einstein, I told myself I was definitely good at mathematics. Before I began having these internal views of myself I was the complete opposite. My average position in a class of forty was between twenty and thirty. I saw myself as average and of course, my teachers referred to me as one of the average kids in their class.
The more I considered myself as brilliant, the more I worked towards becoming exactly that. In my last year of junior high school, one teacher referred to me as the most brilliant boy in the class. The way I viewed myself was how others were viewing me. Like the mirror, the only thing others will see is what we have put on and they will reflect back to us how we have already viewed ourselves.
So have a positive opinion of yourself. It gives you the desire and energy to make the gradual changes to change others’ perception of you. Don’t get me wrong, it will take time, but it will be worth it; you can trust me on that one too.
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