Self-Concept as a Source of Personal Growth



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.

4 thoughts on “Self-Concept as a Source of Personal Growth

  1. Great stuff, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    The way that we talk to ourselves can either be great for our confidence and motivation or can be so detrimental to our self-esteem, you’ve definitely hit that nail on the head.

    I like that you mentioned mindfulness as this is such a powerful tool. We can use this to really evaluate ourselves and our self-talk and see what changes we need to make to be kinder to ourselves and make the progress we want to make.

    Loving the content, keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    PS – On a related note, I’m on the hunt for feedback for my new show The HERO Podcast! It’s all about creating healthy habit. The episode with Derek Doepker may be of interest to you where he discusses how to make lasting changes. You can check it out (and maybe leave a short review if you like) here:

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