Music Mondays: Change Your Self-Perception with Words of Empowerment by Pink
Not everyone will like you or get what it is that you are all about, but that doesn’t mean that their perceptions of you should ever affect your own self-perception. Believe me when I tell you that no matter what you have done or what you do now, no one can make you feel ashamed, embarrassed or inferior unless you give them permission in your mind to do so.
Do not let your mistakes define you. Never confuse what you’ve done with who you are. Know that it is okay and perfectly normal to dislike some of your choices and actions, however it is never okay to dislike yourself. Be very careful not to confuse guilt with shame, and to never let either one dwell inside of you for too long.
Here are the differences between having guilt and having shame: guilt is a feeling that is the result of your actions. Sometimes guilt can be a good thing because it will push you to consider making more positive life changes. On the other hand, shame does not prompt any life change at all–instead it is a heavy weight that is continually pressing on you, convincing you that you can never be anything other than your mistakes. When you notice that the two of these are clouding your mind, the only way that you can fight them is through affirming self-talk and positive thoughts. Do this consistently and you will see a change in how you view yourself inside and out. You’ll build the confidence that you need to get past your mistakes and love yourself to the fullest.
This message is relayed splendidly in the song by Pop/Rock artist Pink in her song entitled, “Perfect”. It gives a voice to everyone who has ever struggled with the battle of the mind when it comes to self-perception. It is an open and honest song that speaks from the heart. The song is not only a declaration of inner strength, but also a celebration of resiliency and embracing individuality.
Truth Alert!! You’re absolutely right, Makeba! A positive self-perception is crucial in life. Through it we tell others how we’d like to be treated by them. We also can be our worst critics… sometimes not even needing other people to put us down. I’m a HUGE fan of Pink’s music; and this song in particular says a mouthful about self-perception. My favorite line… “Change the voices in your head.” OMG, that’s the “T” (truth) right there! When we can change that recording that plays in our thoughts, we can then change a lot more of our human experience here on… Read more »
Greetings: Your statement is very true–we show others how we would like to be viewed and treated by the ways in which we view and treat ourselves. Our own thoughts and actions are far more powerful and impactful than the perceptions and actions of others towards us could ever be. It’s so important to remember that what WE see when we look in the mirror is what others are going to see. -In other words, if all we see is negative, then how can we possibly expect anyone else to see anything different? You are so right about us being… Read more »
This post is the reason I have always admired and respected her as an artist. Pink will always be on my select list of creatives who have made it big, by remaining true to themselves. Thank you for reminding us all, that we are indeed perfect.
Greetings: Pink continues to use her talent and voice to bring awareness to the issues that so many people are plagued with everyday. She is certainly one that is to be respected. This song is such a very strong example of that and I know I speak for many when I say that I am so glad that she recorded it. It serves as an awesome reminder to us all. ~Thank you so very much for commenting! 🙂