Over the last week or so, I’ve been reading a fairly old book by Dr Wayne Dyer called ‘Your Erroneous Zones’. It was a fascinating read and I aim to read it again and put together a review at some stage.
Whilst I consider myself to be a very positive person compared to many, it was an eye opener to realise just how much I had sacrificed my own independence (especially my wants and personal opinions) over the years in order to gain the approval of others – and how much society is geared to try and make people feel guilty or to get them angry about all the injustice in the world.
The central message of the book is that each of us are perfectly capable of managing our own feelings; that our happiness and well being should come from within and not be influenced by external factors. Whenever something outside of ourselves makes us stop being doers and moving forward with our lives, we should address it.
I ran into my friend Nick at the gym today (not literally!). He has a back disability but does what he can and said he would be happy once he could get back to a steady gym routine. Here’s a classic example of someone relying on circumstances outside of himself in order to be happy.
So who’s running your show? Will you choose to run it yourself, or will you let others run it for you?