Every day, they would step into his office. ?⚕️
People with hooked noses. Sagging skin. Slightly protruding ears. Disfigured hands.
They came to Dr Maxwell Maltz to be fixed. ?
And so this famed cosmetic surgeon would get the patient under the knife and perform the procedure.
The person would leave the hospital with a newly-straightened nose, or pinned-back ears.
They would be “fixed.” ?
Half of them would experience a dramatic change. Their confidence would increase. They’d become happier, and feel they were more able to fulfil their dreams, as this ‘better version’ of themselves. ?
However, the other half returned to Dr Maltz’s office several months later with the same problems as before.
They said they didn’t feel any different. They complained their nose was still twisted, even when ruler-straight. They felt stuck and unloved and held back. ?
So, for some people, surgery made all the difference. It fixed the “outer” world and the inner world caught up.
Yet for others, surgery did nothing. ?
Dr Maltz wrote all about this phenomenon in a book called “Pscyho-Cybernetics.” You’ve probably heard of it. ?
He concluded that many of those looking for surgery were lacking in self-love, in self-esteem.
By fixing their “outer” world, he was able to give them back their self-esteem. For some patients though, that wasn’t enough. They needed to change how they viewed themselves from the inside… in order to achieve their own personal breakthrough. ? TRUST ME this never WORKS!!!!!!!!!
You know, many of the issues we each have with our personal image and self-growth journey in general… can be traced right back to the fact that we don’t truly love ourselves enough. Does that sound like you? How do you view yourself? ?
That self-love… self-belief… self-esteem… is really at the heart of why we’re (possibly) not being the best version of ourselves.
With self-esteem, we’re able to surpass the shallowness of what we physically look like… we’re able to move beyond the limitations of what others think and try to impose on us… ?
And we become solid, loving, appreciative individuals who are on a course to achieve their personal best, no matter what.
Self-esteem… self-love… really, is at the heart of everything. It’s the first step toward becoming a spiritually-fulfilled person. ?
Do YOU love yourself enough? ?
(Hint: You don’t. Not many people do.)
Consider: What can you do today to show yourself some more self-love… and to improve your self-esteem?
Maybe just for now… literally JUST for now, if nothing else… just for this moment… say to yourself…
“Today, I will love myself just a little bit more than normal…” ? Hugs being one of Maxwell Maltz students has changed my life!