Knowing Yourself To Success


The two most common personality types that afflict people are superiority and inferiority, and both are a perversion of the true self. The superiority complex almost always stems from feelings of insecurity over one's abilities and capabilities, and serves as a defense mechanism when an insecurity is challenged, while the inferiority complex is the feeling of inadequacy caused by a low self-image.

It is common knowledge among psychologists that superiority and inferiority behaviors are supported by a false sense of self. If our mind is cloaked by false images of the self, it's impossible to express our true self, the self that yearns to express itself with power and freedom.

The goal of faith-visioning is not to create a false image of ourselves. Instead, it aims to find the real self and move it in the direction of a definite purpose.

Ask a psychologist about the true self, and inevitably they approach the subject from a social identity perspective grounded in self-awareness, self-esteem, self-knowledge, and self-perception. Press a little harder, and the term self-expression comes up. It's been noted in the field of psychology that people are the happiest and feel their true selves when they express themselves with their God-given talents and abilities.

To understand the true self, and to honestly evaluate the workings of our inner being, we must turn to God. If we believe that God is our creator, then we believe that God made us in His likeness. This belief asserts that just like from an apple seed we can grow an apple tree, we too can grow into higher levels of perfection with God.

From this point, we can understand that God engineered all things to grow in a way that reflects its origin. We can also conclude that since God made us in His likeness and that we can learn and grow with aided by His power, that there is an elegant internal mechanism that enables us to develop.

It also seems reasonable to think that God who created us would take an interest in His creation and that the same interest is embedded in us. One of the most exciting moments of my life was watching my son win first prize in a third-grade science fair. It's a memory I always cherish with fondness. I cherish it because I saw him express a sense of victory. I'm sure God feels the same way about us when we strive toward a goal.

God doesn't build failure into our system. Our entire internal mechanism is designed to achieve, and He takes exceptional interest in what we do. Our primary purpose in life is to learn and grow through the use of our creative energy. There is nothing that brings more joy and satisfaction to people all over the world than to than be engrossed in a plan, vision, or goal, especially when it contributes to society.

This is how Jesus put it, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) This is the only standard by which we can focus all our attention on the accomplishment of a specific purpose. It sets our priorities to benefit others more than ourselves, and it serves as a barometer against which we can evaluate our conscious and subconscious mind.

Moving forward by losing ourselves in a definite purpose or plan, we lose all superiority and inferiority, to finally find ourselves flowing in God's presence. (Matthew 16:25)


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