The Law of the Mirror

The Law of the Mirror

I recently learned the Law of the Mirror. John Maxwell created this concept, contending that you must see value in yourself before you can add to that value. 

On a scale of 1-10, if you look in the mirror and deem yourself a 5, your maximum potential is limited to a 5. You cannot accomplish more than what your self-worth allows you to. If you think you are average, you will be average. Now, you may have the potential above a 5, but it won’t matter if you don’t believe it. 

You need self-worth before growth and success. 

Here’s the key: look at yourself in terms of what you CAN be and not who you are in the present.

If self-worth is something you struggle with, realize you can raise it. Here are a few ways: 

Self-talk is a big one. Identify times when you aren’t kind and supportive to yourself and change that inner narrative. 

Intentionally add value to others. Doing so will give you a sense of significance, which will improve your self-image and self-worth. Go for impact. 

Stop comparing yourself to others. Compare you to you. 

Do the right thing, even if it’s the hard thing. When you don’t do the right thing, it harms your self-esteem. 

Celebrate small victories. 

Take responsibility for your life. 

Above all, believe in yourself, have a positive impact on others and keep moving forward.

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