Self-consistency theory is the concept that we act consistent to our self-image (how we see ourselves). Further, the self-consistency theory can either support or hinder us based on how we view our self-image. It is valuable to understand how our viewpoint effects our self-image and as a result the self-consistency theory.
To begin, our self-image is developed by our experiences as well as our interactions with people. Whether or not our self-image supports or hinders us, is dependent on how we view those experiences and interactions. Simply stated, we can view our experiences with more of a positive frame of mind or a negative frame of mind. It is important to note, this positive or negative frame of mind can be developed with or without our awareness and can be influenced by many variables.
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In continuation, in order to recognize whether or not our mindset is supporting our self-image in a positive or negative way, we have to look at how we view our interactions and experiences. Simply stated, if our viewpoint is more negative, we may be viewing our experiences in more of a closed off or guarded way. Due to the fact that we are distracted by our negative thoughts and might be anticipating that something negative might happen, which can cause us to react and/or function in a more defensive manner. Further, a more negative frame of mind can often be accompanied by a sense of disbelief in ourselves and the knowledge we possess.
In contrast, if our viewpoint is more positive, we are generally more open and receptive to our experiences. We are able to come with an openness with the confidence we have in the knowledge we are aware we possess. Further, we can recall positive, previous experiences readily, which allows us to respond to situations with a sense of awareness and confidence in any given situation. This frame of mind is much more supportive and only reinforces a more positive frame of mind for future experiences.
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To continue, let’s look at a couple examples of how the different mindsets can show up and influence our self-image, and as a result our self-consistency theory. For instance, if we are playing a sport or doing any activity with more of a negative mindset, we may feel less confident. We may feel anticipatory feelings, such as anxiousness, disbelief in our abilities, and therefore may hesitate in our decision making. Simply stated, our negative mindset is clouding our judgement, with doubts, fears, and disbelief, interfering with our ability to access and apply the knowledge and/or skills we possess.
Further, with a more negative mindset, whenever we make a mistake, we may say to ourselves, “you always make mistakes, what is wrong with you?” We may speak to ourselves in more of a defeating or dehumanizing way. We may see ourselves as a problem, as opposed to someone who can make mistakes just like everyone else, who can learn from those mistakes. As a result, we may not see ourselves as the capable individuals that we are and therefore we operate with that lack of perspective, which can make us both defensive as well as closed off to our actual potential.
In contrast, if we are playing a sport or doing anything, and we have more of a positive mindset, we will likely feel a sense of confidence in our abilities and knowledge. We will approach activities with an enthusiasm and belief in our skillsets. Often accompanied by decisiveness in our actions, because we know, we know what to do. To reiterate, we believe in ourselves and our abilities.
Further, with a more positive mindset, whenever we make a mistake, we are more likely to say to ourselves, “What can I learn from that? I know how hard I practice, and I know how capable I am, what can I take away from this experience to make my performance that much better the next time?” We recognize that we all make mistakes. In other words, when we view our self-image with a more positive mindset, we can view experiences and interactions more objectively. We see ourselves as the capable individuals that we are and therefore are able to operate with perspective, making us more open to our potential.
To reiterate, when we view ourselves with more of a positive mindset, we are more likely to have a positive self-image, which is generally accompanied by more confidence in our abilities and we can recognize the value of moving through our mistakes constructively. We gain feedback from our mistakes and we don’t destroy ourselves through them. We are in a position to allow ourselves to have a self-consistency theory that supports us and empowers us as individuals.
In emphasis, our self-consistency theory supports us when we have a positive self-image because we see ourselves as capable in respect to our chosen field or endeavor. When we see ourselves as capable, we are more open minded to take in information from the environment. We see interactions and experiences as positive opportunities to grow, expand, and become “better” in respect to all aspects of our lives.
Further, when we see these opportunities, it allows us to respond and make decisions based on the knowledge we know, and we are open to acquiring new information and knowledge to only become better. We can perform to our abilities, and we are open to getting better through our experiences, even mistakes. We don’t have to overthink, because we are not questioning ourselves. In reference to previous posts, we are able to operate in regards to the skills that we have developed and are able to operate with more automaticity, allowing our minds to be free to access new knowledge to make even better decisions going forward.
Consequently, we don’t experience that paralysis by analysis, from a previous post, because we are not clouded in our thought process. We are open to function at our best. We approach goals, sports, competitions, endeavors and/or any activity, or relation, as an opportunity to do what we do best or show what we know, to ourselves as well as to our said activity. Further, we are in a position to gain more positive experience to support our positive self-consistency theory now and going forward.
In contrast, our self-consistency theory can hinder us when we have more of a negative self-image, because our negative mindset fills us with doubts, disbelief, concerns, and/or fears, which clouds our perspective. We are consumed by our negative thoughts and therefore, not in a position to recognize our abilities or how we are capable in respect to our chosen field, endeavor, and/or said activity. In other words, we see ourselves as incapable, questioning our abilities. Therefore we don't act on our abilities and knowledge.
Further, with a hindering self-consistency theory, we often only see the mistakes we make, and view ourselves as inadequate to do anything well, or anything at all. As a result, we end up interfering with our abilities to do what we actually know how to do. We interfere with our automaticity, because we are too concentrated on our doubts, thoughts or mistakes. Consequently, we can experience paralysis by analysis, which can end up blocking our ability to do our desired activity and demonstrate our skills altogether.
In closing, our goal, based on the understanding of the self-consistency theory, and the different ways it can support or hinder us, is to develop a self-consistency theory that supports us. CPowell Sports Psychology and Coaching services offer proven, effective, individualized approaches to assist individuals and professionals in recognizing their mindset, as well as acknowledging how that supports or hinders them in their self-consistency theory. Followed by proven methods to develop or reinforce a positive self-consistency theory, for each individual and professional, to support them in respect to their life, business, relationships, and/or chosen endeavor. Check them out and see what they have to offer:
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