Trans4mind Home Page
~ A Journey of Self-Discovery ~

Keys to Perfecting Your Persona

By Aaron Potts

If you have ever seen the movie 'The Matrix', then you will be familiar with the expression "residual self image". It is basically the image of ourselves that each of us holds in our heads, and it is such a familiar image to us that trying to envision ourselves in any other way is downright difficult, if not impossible.

And therein lies the problem! Unless the residual self image that you have of yourself is exactly who you WANT to be, then changing that self image is the task that is now before you.

The term "self image" conjures up exactly that - an image. However, whenever we think of ourselves, it is not just our actual appearance that comes to mind. Other factors that are part of that image are things such as our health, our wealth, our state of mind or level of happiness, our relationships, our careers, our hopes and dreams for the future, etc.

All of these concepts make up our total "persona"- the sum of our past, present, and future selves. In addition, there is the persona that you perceive yourself to have, as well as the persona that other people consider you to have.

Would it come as a surprise to you that as human beings we frequently "imprint" our personas onto other people by way of our own residual self image? If we think of ourselves as successful, attractive, happy, and confident, then most people will also perceive us in a similar way. However, if we think of ourselves as desperate, unworthy, or without solid plans for future success, then that impression will also come across to others.

All of us have met people who instantly affected us in either a positive or a negative manner, even if we didn't really know the person that well. That first impression is the power of their self-projected persona imprinting itself upon us. In the case of powerful, happy, or confident people, this exchange of vibrations is usually a good thing. On the flip side, if the person exudes sadness or "dark" feelings, then we normally don't want to be around them.

Take a moment to think about the image that YOU are projecting to other people. Do others consider you to be fun, confident, and ready to take charge of life, or do people see you as meek, quiet, and vulnerable?

Now, don't get the wrong impression. You do not need to be loud and boisterous in order to be perceived in a positive manner. Think of some of the people in your own life who have been a positive influence on you. Were they loud and obnoxious, or were they simply confident and helpful?

Now, if the residual self image that you have of yourself is not what you want it to be, you have the power in your grasp at this very moment to change that self image, as well as the persona that you imprint upon others.

For the purpose of this exercise, we will only focus on negative aspects of your self image, since the assumption is that you want to keep the parts of your persona that you consider positive, or parts of your strength.

In order to start cleaning up the negative aspects of your self image, you must first determine which parts of your self image that you would like to change. Do you have a negative self image because you feel that you are overweight? Do you think that you don't make very much money, so you don't have as much value to add to the lives of others? Do you consider yourself to be of sub-standard intelligence or lacking in worldly experience?

Those are just a few examples of possible negative thoughts that you can have about yourself, and you should take a few minutes to take inventory of your own self image so that you can decide what you would like to improve. In order to change your residual self image, you must change whatever it is that YOU believe will improve your situation, not what others believe!

To use the examples listed above of weight loss, wealth, or intelligence/experience, the obvious answers would seem to be that you need to lose weight, get more money, or gain more intelligence and experience. The question that you have to ask yourself is if YOU believe that by making those changes that your self image will change. If so, then you are 100% right. Our perception is literally our reality - both figuratively and scientifically.

So, if you believe that the "status quo" solutions to cleaning up your self image are what you need to do, then you are correct, because it is what you believe. However, if you personally think that your value in the world is determined by things other than what the mass majority thinks, then you are also right!

The moral of the story is that in order to Perfect Your Persona, you need to do the things that you personally believe will make you into the person that you want to be. Those actions may or may not be in line with what everyone else thinks. However, by determining your own beliefs, then you will empower yourself to take action and to make your residual self image - as well as the persona that you imprint upon others - exactly what YOU want it to be.

Give no consideration whatsoever to what everyone else wants or thinks that you need. You are the only person in charge of your life, regardless of how life in general will try to teach you otherwise!

Aaron Potts is a former personal trainer turned lifestyle coach who uses an expert understanding of the Universal Law of Attraction to teach people to create positive and permanent changes in their lives. Get his free newsletter or grab a copy of his eBook How to Invoke the Law of Attraction.

More personal development articles at the Counterpoint Article Library

Good info on many topics:

Want to renew your life?

Our online, interactive video workshops present the most effective methods of holistic personal development...
Start off with a Free Life Assessment and a Free Consultation...

Have a question about Trans4mind Training?

Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Our Fees?
Email Peter Shepherd

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...

View all the Hypnosis Downloads here

Get a free Hypnosis Download at Facebook

Hypnosis is the key to unlocking your creativity, focusing your energy and understanding yourself

Hypnosis has a long history of helping human beings be the very best they can be. It can be used to control anything controlled by the unconscious mind - pain, blood pressure, fear, confidence levels, mood, sex drive... the list goes on:

  1. You'll become highly productive without getting stressed
  2. Tap into your creative energies instantly
  3. Really understand yourself and others
  4. You'll learn how to stay calm in high pressure or uncomfortable situations
  5. Develop laser-like levels of focus and concentration

Lean more... Uncommon Hypnosis Course

Welcome to the New Wave in Meditation Technology

Click here to learn more about the iAwake Profound Meditation Program
The iAwake Profound Meditation Program
is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective.
Profound Meditation provides the smoothest, deepest, richest, most profound meditation experience available anywhere...
Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator. It's the opening track of iAwake's flagship product, the Profound Meditation Program, called the iAwake Experience...
Learn More and Download the iAwake Experience
We think you'll find this technology a tremendous aid on your transformative journey of becoming your best and most creative self - and you can get started today!
And here's a fantastic resource for self-education...

The World of Inspiration eLibrary

World of Inspiration
A treasure trove of personal development wisdom

Step inside. Just like a real library, there are thousands of quality eBooks presented on three "floors" and in different "rooms." To purchase your $15 Lifetime Membership to the World of Inspiration eLibrary, click the following button:

Payment is made through our secure transaction agent, PayPal.
The transaction is in the language and currency of your choice.
"I want to just say 'WOW!' This collection is probably the best money I ever spent! I've already received many times over in personal enrichment after just 9 days. I've had a past metaphysical background, but even newcomers to this material will really benefit. Thanks again." ~ J.S. (Pennsylvania, USA)
"The collection is everything which you promised. And more! A superb contribution to the good of the world. Many thanks indeed." ~ R.P. (Georgia, USA)
"Just a short note of thanks for the library. I've only had membership for several days now but I already feel this is perhaps the most interesting compilation I have yet seen. Worth far more than the price of admission. The browser linked structure works well and makes it easy to manage such a large storehouse of information. It is rarely that I find something I like as much as this or that I feel strongly enough to write a note like this." ~ P.W. (Minnesota, USA)
Copyright © 1997-2017 Trans4mind Ltd