Self-concept is the mental image one has of oneself, as defined by Merriam-Webster. I think this is very succinctly put: all our ideas, and beliefs about ourselves in particular area of life.
I.e. if we have poor self-concept in the idea of batting in baseball, we are unlikely become very good at it, at least before we work to challenge these beliefs.
Yesterday I was reading my notes from Brian Tracy’s book on sales, and there this idea of self-concept occurred: self-concept in each area of the sales, determines the performance and overall income level.
(Image by Nathalaya Cubas / Wikipedia)
The image above captures the elements that self-concept consists of. Self-concept is very much tied in time: the past, the present and future possibilities. Thus who I am, and what I am capable of are important questions we are taking in account each time we interact with the world.
We are in a sense creating our own reality through the beliefs we are equipped with. Therefore sudden changes, are not so lasting, unless the story for the change is such that we can buy. Our self-concept needs time to adapt as well.
In personal and professional growth it is beneficial to notice when the self-concept is limiting us from achieving higher levels of achievement. What I realized today is that the mindfulness to recognize what kind of beliefs and attitudes are under the hood so to speak is an infinite source of input for personal growth.