What is it?
Self-image is the compilation of beliefs, attitudes and mental pictures we have and make of ourselves. It is how we see ourselves.
Why is it important?
Self-image is important because it is not only how we see ourselves today - and it is best if we see ourselves realistically, but it is also how we see ourselves in the future and we literally grow into that person. Many people struggle with poor self-image and limit theirselves unnecessarily. Growth and development occur in mental pictures and concepts before they materialize in a person in reality. Unfortunately, many people see the future negatively and grow into those images instead of holding, believing and growing into more positive, successful people. For most people, it takes effort and vigilance to persist in generating and maintaining a positive, realistic future version of theirselves to grow into.