The third component of success root or self-concept is self-image which is the mental picture or the “inner mirror” you have of yourself and your world.It is the way you see yourself and how you think about yourself. It is the “mental portrait” that you have carefully designed or created in your subconscious mind about yourself in every situation and event of your life. You look at the “inner mirror” to determine how to behave; respond; react and perform. Self-image is the performance gauge of life. You cannot consistently perform or behave any differently on the outside than the self-image you uphold on the inside.

Self-esteem is the emotional aspect of our personality structure. It is how you feel about yourself. Self-esteem is the ability to like yourself or dislike yourself. Self-esteem is the foundation stone that determines the quality of your relationships and the level of happiness or misery experienced through life. A positive self-esteem hinges on two poles: how much you love, respect and value yourself which is determined by how much you love, respect and value people; how much you love, respect and value yourself will determine how much people will love, respect and value you.

The more competent and capable you are the more you feel good about yourself and the more you like yourself the greater your confidence and competence level.The more your self-image and self-esteem harmonizes with self-ideal it produces excellence and effectiveness.


In the words of Florence Schinn, “There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do.” Therefore, maximizing your worth and potentials makes you indispensable to your world.



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About the Author


Udeme Archibong is a prolific writer, an astute communicator and a model of excellence. Her writings have made profound impact on thousands of lives around the world through her blog:, which has followings in over 70 countries in continents of the world.

She is a Self-Development Expert, who passionately works towards helping people maximize their destinies.

At some point, she was a motivational columnist, writing Success Recipe and Destiny Catalyst, for two Nigerian national newspapers, Vanguard and ThisDay, respectively. She is the initiator of the Revolution Series Seminars