I believe anyone who goes into the world with a healthy self-image about God and themselves is more likely to succeed in any venture, including victory over anxiety, better than if they didn't. That's why it's so important to develop a healthy self-image you can mentally hold on to before sinking a lot of time or effort into a method of change, which brings us to the topic of self-esteem.
Self-esteem is about how you view yourself — how you perceive your abilities and limitations. Having healthy self-esteem means, you feel comfortable with yourself as you are. You don't feel the need to excessively exceed your limitations or feel inferior because you have them. Everyone has limitations and you're comfort level dictates how you view yourself. Healthy self-esteem helps you understand that you are not dependent on what others think about you or how they perceive you. Being comfortable with yourself is you relax the most and enjoy life.
Having low self-esteem, on the other hand, puts little value on your opinions and ideas. You may constantly worry that you fall short from goals and achievements, or that you may not have what it takes to make it.
Healthy self-esteem comes when your perception is grounded in reality rather than your perception of reality. Boasting and feeling superior to others isn't a sign of too much self-esteem, more likely it's evidence of insecurity and low self-esteem.
The odd thing about positive self-esteem is that when you feel comfortable with yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses, you value life more, and when you value life you accomplish more with relative ease.
Positive self-esteem also contributes to positive relationships because being comfortable with yourself makes others feel comfortable around you. Being comfortable with yourself and others is how you learn, grow, and develop healthy relationships.
You're also open to learning and feedback, which helps you develop in personality and acquire new skills to master life.
With a healthy positive self-image:
You frequently experience mental clarity.
You become assertive in purpose.
You remain flexible to change.
You are receptive to new ideas.
You make decisions without doubt.
You develop a string of healthy relationships.
You are clear about your strengths and limitations.
Developing a healthy and realistic view of yourself makes you more resilient and better able to weather the storms of life.
I'm asking you to use the following guide to help you launch new possibilities in the advancement of your self-image, but it starts with God. Anyone can give you advice about change and ask you to focus on the changes you want, but not recognizing God first is a colossal mistake.
Recognizing the power behind your ability to change is just as important as exercising because it gives God permission to work spectacularly in your life.
Read for yourself what 2 Timothy 1:7 says:
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline."
If you leave God out of the equation you leave out the highest power that influences your ability to change.
Once you go through the following guide you should always start with a quiet prayer to God. Your prayer should recognize God as the sole source of your strength, inspiration, and change. It must be centered on magnifying God until God is the only power seen in your prayer.
You can use this guide many times through your journey to conquer stress and anxiety. Needless to say, you'll feel more power, love, and self-control as you perform the steps in this article.
What behaviors would you like to increase?
What behaviors would you like to decrease or eliminate?
How would you behave differently without anxiety?
What thoughts and beliefs would you like to increase?
What thoughts and beliefs would you like to decrease or eliminate?
How would you think differently without anxiety or fear?
What emotions or feelings would you like to increase?
What emotions or feelings would you like to decrease or eliminate?
How would you feel differently without anxiety or fear?
Now read one of the following statements and mentally experience each one as a silent prayer for a minute or two. For each statement, you may close your eyes, take 1 or 2 deep breaths and mentally rehearse it until it is clear in your mind.
I am calm and experience mental clarity.
I am comfortable with who I am.
I am flexible to change.
I am receptive to ideas.
I make decisions without doubt.
I listen and learn from others.
I am clear about my strengths and limitations.
After practicing this technique for 10 to 15 minutes move on to the following exercise.
Close your eyes, take 1 or 2 deep breaths and mentally rehearse each statement the same way.
God is here with me.
God knows and feels everything I experience.
I let go of all discomfort with God.
I rest in God's power.
God's power rebuilds me.
I accept God's power, love, and abilities.
I am whole and a new person with God.
Gratitude is an emotion we feel when expressing thankfulness and appreciation. Expressing gratitude improves overall mental, physical and emotional health. It also boosts our experience of long-lasting happiness, so it's vital to express gratitude for the change you just experienced in prayer.
In Mark 11:24 Jesus says that we should pray as though we've received the object of our prayer. Imagine yourself as a brand new person one that epitomizes the qualities you just mentally rehearsed. How would you feel?
No doubt you would feel eternally grateful. Your life would no longer be limited by anxiety. You are free and on every occasion, you can feel God's love and peace through your whole body. God's love and peace is the power that maintains your mental clarity and flexibility of thought in any situation. It lets you be who you are in any place comfortably. You learn and understand from others and express ideas with ease. You are the person you always wanted to be and it's real to you in every way. You can feel it.
Pour out your emotion of gratitude toward God in prayer as you see and feel the new you. Give thanks for the wonderful transformation that's happening in your genes right now. Gratitude protects your health and longevity.
You can now feel satisfied the rest of the day knowing that you are fulfilling God's scientific proven word. If later you feel a little doubt or fear creep in, mentally go back to the moment you expressed gratitude for the change and all the peaceful feelings will come back.
This is the beginning of your transformational journey which starts from within. The only payment you have to make is with your time. A few minutes invested each morning reaps accelerated results hours, days, weeks, and months later.
Nothing changes unless you take action. Commit a few minutes each morning and you'll find God's glory.