Karl has a tremendous version related to this subject.
Read on, to know how he looks at it:
Appointment with Dr Maltz
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.
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.
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.
PD is a mission to Karl always. See how he inspires through an article over here:
MY CHAMPAGNE DEPRESSION
Wherever you are, you're always in your head.
You see... I remember once sailing off the coast of the Bahamas, surrounded by free champagne and the most exciting people I could ever hope to meet.
And I've probably never felt more *depressed* and *down* and *unhappy* in my life. I wanted nothing more to be away from this so-called "paradise."
I can also remember being stuck inside a broken-down caravan, on the rainiest of days, with a million "problems" hanging over my head -- and never feeling happier and more content.
The thing is...
Wherever you are in the world, and whatever is going on... you're only ever as happy as how happy you are in your head.
Many people are locked in their own mental prisons, keeping themselves stuck in sadness and limitation.
Others manage to break free, experience a reality-shift, and begin experiencing the awesomeness of life, on a near-continuous basis.
As John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost:
"The mind is its own place and in itself...
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven."