The following are some really great evaluation questions if you’re looking to be honest with yourself about improving your self-image. Grab a pen and paper and write out your responses and focus on solutions to these! (Questions & comments inspired by the Anatomy of the Spirit book).
- what negative patterns continually surface in your relationships with others?
- what attitudes do you have that might disempower you?
- what beliefs do you hold with you that you know deep down aren’t true about yourself?
- what attitude/belief would you like to change in yourself? Are you willing to commit to making those changes?
- what frightens you about change in your life?
Things to always remember:
- Recognize defensiveness as an attempt to keep new insights from entering your mind.
- Interpret all situations and relationships as having a symbolic importance, even if you can’t immediately understand what it is.
- Become open to receiving insight and guidance.
- Work toward releasing any thoughts that promote self-pity or anger, or that blame another person for anything thats happened to you.
- Practice detachment. Do not create specific outcomes in your mind!
- Refrain from all judgements. Remind yourself of the higher truths that you cannot possibly see all the facts or details of a situation.
- Learn to recognize when you’re being influenced by a fear pattern.
- Detach from all values that support the belief that success in life means achieving certain goals. Instead, view a successful life as a process of achieving self-control and the capacity to work through the challenges life brings you.
- Always act on your inner guidance.
- Keep all of your attention in the present moment- refrain from living in the past or from worrying about the future.