What you see when you look in the mirror vs. what others see when they look at you are two completely different views.

Let me explain.

When you look in the mirror and look at yourself, what do you see? I mean this superficially and genuinely, when you look at yourself, what are the things you notice, what catches your attention?

Most people, when they look in the mirror, they see and focus on their self-perceived flaws.

Such as…
“My chin is too big.”
“I have too many wrinkles.”
“My hips are too wide.”
“My thighs touch.”
“I’m fat.”
“I don’t have enough muscle.”
“My arms are too small.”
“I wish my chest was bigger.”

…you get the idea.

Most people, when they look in the mirror, are too hard on themselves; they skip the good and go straight to self-criticism.

Sound familiar?

We have all been guilty of this at one time.

Not too long ago, I came across this old Dove commercial that is well worth the watch.

HERE <==3min version
HERE <==6min version

In a nutshell, a woman would come into a room and asked to describe themselves to an FBI sketch artist (who was hidden and could not see them), and he would sketch this woman based on the description of themselves.

Then that person would leave, and another would come into the room, and he asked that person to describe the same woman who just left.

Basically, two sketches.
One sketch was what a person described themselves as (their self-image)
Another sketch was what a stranger described them as (what others saw)

They repeated this process with several different people.

It was an eye-opener to see the differences.

HERE <==3min version
HERE <==6min version

You’re much better than you give yourself credit.

It’s ok to want to work and improve yourself, but don’t spend your time hammering on your self perceived flaws because then you miss everything else that makes you, you.

Be kind to yourself and take a moment to acknowledge the good that you have; you’ll feel much better when you do.

 

 

In Health and Awesomeness,
Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, (and other letters behind the name) is the Owner of Rowlett Transformation Center in Rowlett, TX.

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