In many ways, your brain works like a computer—controlled by your joy software. When you receive a positive or negative input about yourself, you store it in your subconscious mind and later express those messages in your feelings or behaviors. The way you perceive and organize those inputs exerts a strong influence on how you interact with others. Unless you are taught to reject the negative messages, you will tend to accept them as truth. Accepting these thoughts at face value leads to behavior that is rooted in error.

Do you question the validity of your self-concept, or do you simply behave as if it is true?

Your self-concept is your personal foundation for the future. Therefore, every effort you make to fortify it will pay multiple rewards—and you will be well on your way to living a joy-filled life and having an even greater impact on the world.

Continue reading: Here are 8 Ways to Build Your Self-Concept

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