Shifting Your Self-Image

Steven Barnes
6 min readFeb 20, 2023

“The strongest force in the human personality is the need to stay consistent with how we define ourselves.” — Tony Robbins

When I read or hear things like this, I run it through the Three Gates.

Is it True? Well…I can certainly point to times in my life when I performed BEYOND my self image…the first time. But then when I tried to repeat the success, I screwed up. Certainly, it would be reasonable to think my ego shell was stressed and snapped back to “normal.”

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Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.