To Shine



”The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
Michel de Montaigne

Our self concept is how we view our self. How we view our self, determines how we will experience life.

If you see yourself in a positive and healthy light, your life experiences will be more positive and healthy. It does not mean, of course, that your life will be free of challenges and adversity, just that you will have a more positive approach to dealing with them.

If your opinion of yourself is shaky and fragile, you will find life’s challenges overwhelming and at times, insurmountable.

Self-concept is the understanding and knowledge you have of your own existence and how you see yourself in relation to others and to your surroundings.

I believe in order to possess a positive or healthy self-concept you must:

Know yourself
Love yourself
Be True to yourself

A healthy self concept is derived from within. Instead of being dependent upon validation from external sources, or the wavering opinions of others, self-esteem must result from self reflection, self analysis and self acceptance.

A healthy self concept is the ability to know yourself; to be able to assess your strengths, weaknesses, talents and potential.

The ability to be honest with yourself and be true to who you are and what you value.

The ability to take responsibility for your choices and actions.


The ability to love and accept yourself as you are, knowing that you can improve and develop any aspects of yourself that you choose. Remember that your self concept is your only reality.

Choose to focus on the beliefs, opinions and attitudes that you believe to be true about yourself. Improving your self image has the potential to transform your life… you  shine.

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
August Wilson

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