The image have of ourself can really hamper us from progressing if we are not aware of it. Let’s start: do you know who you are or what makes you do the things that you do, the way you do it?

What do you think about yourself?

You may say: I am me. Whatever I do it is for me – I did it. I did not get help from any one. I worked hard and slaved to get where I am and what I want Once I get what I want I am okay. After all what you want is different from what I want so It does not really bother me if you don’t have what you want. That is not my problem. We all have our own problems and we each have to deal with it the best way we can.

Whatever my family does have no effect on me, they are their own individuals and I am me. Yes, I have sisters and brothers but what they do or any issues they may have is none of my concern. You see there is an old saying ‘ how you make your bed is how you lie on it’, so they live their life the way they want to and reap the consequences. Why should I care or help in anyway. My money is mine and all the things I have is mine why should I share?

Or I am struggling, I have always struggled, life is hard, lots of traumas in my childhood and I am still trying to get over these. My mother struggled to bring us up and my father and her were always fighting. I don’t like anybody around me who likes to fight and argue. I have changed a lot of jobs because I can’t stand foolishness. I don’t let anybody walk over me. I saw this happen with my Mom and it is not going to happen to me.

Your view of yourself maybe quiet different from the above either having and individualist view or one of love and concern for others.

What do you think about other people?

You may say: We all have our own issues, but you scratch my back and I would scratch yours. I do not necessarily have to like you once you can help me get what I want. We are competing for the same resources, and I am willing to do what it takes to get what I want even if it means walking over you. Anyway some people are so out of it that you wonder why they are here. This includes my family, as we are only connected by name nothing more. I can even change my name if I like.

What do you think about God?

Yep he created me so people say, but where was he when all the various bad things were happening to me? I lost everything, job, house, wife, children, friends. Does he really care? I keep getting sick, and things just not going the way they should. In this day and age is he actually around?

If you continue to have these false images of yourself, other people and God of course progress is going to be challenging. I am not saying if you have God in your life it would not be challenging. You see everything revolves around God our creator. We can do nothing without him. All your power, intelligence, wisdom whatever you want to call it comes from God. He has been there with you all the time and would always be with you. Just call on him.