What Matters Most Is How You See Yourself

By Staff Writer Published on April 6, 2011

My younger brother, Andrew, has and breeds bulldogs.  He took the picture below of one of his dogs, Maggie and it reminded me of the famous cat/lion picture.

When she looks at herself, she is not thinking “Oh dear, my tongue is sticking out.  There is slobber on my nose… my legs are too short, and look at that terrible double chin and all those wrinkles!”

Self-esteem issues are isolated to humanity.

We see the effects of low self-esteem in the populations we serve, and even in ourselves. Confidence doesn’t come easy.

In my experience, I’ve found that the more I do and the harder I work, the better I perform.  Better performance leads to pride and a sense of accomplishment.  Accomplishments merge into victories, and achieved goals.  And when it all originates from honest and earnest efforts, my personal value goes up in my own estimation, which truly is what matters most.  And that’s when contagion kicks in, and success breeds the desire for more infectious success.  Focus on the positive, work industriously, and celebrate your achievements!  Imagine a symbolic mirror where your reflection can be whatever you want to be. Look closely.  What do you want to see?

Author’s Bio
Suzanne Scales is the Executive Director of the CollegeAmerica Flagstaff campus.  Suzanne has been employed with CollegeAmerica since 2002.  She started at the Denver campus as an instructor and has served in the roles of lead instructor, Associate Dean, Interim Dean of Education and Associate Director.  She moved to Flagstaff in August, 2008 and absolutely loves it there.  She brings to the table 13 years of experience in education, and 8 years experience in the field of healthcare.