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Lie to Yourself!

Posted By: Randy GageFebruary 20, 2018

Everybody lies to himself or herself. If you want to become healthy, happy, and prosperous – it pays to know the best way to lie to yourself.

We all have – and need – ego defense mechanisms.  Although they get a bad rap in most self-development literature, they can serve an advantageous purpose.  In fact, there are numerous studies that demonstrate high achievers are much more optimistic and positive about their prospects than the average person.   This “rose colored glasses” view of their world causes them to create more enthusiasm and energy for the projects they tackle.  And they tackle more ambitious ones as well.

I always believe I’m going to get a hit when I step in the batters box, and I believe every book I write is going to be a bestseller.  Because I mentally tell myself these kinds of beneficial lies, I actually increase my chances of success.

Just like you will, if you skew your worldview – or at least your view of yourself in the world – to a positive one.

Now you may worry about crossing the line.  Getting in a situation where your self-delusion is harmful, not empowering.  And this is certainly a real issue to be concerned with.  And the one we’ll take on in tomorrow’s post.  In the meantime, please check in below in the comments, and share your thoughts on this.

-RG

4 comments on “Lie to Yourself!”

  1. I think high achievers are not afrai to fail. and don't mind getting egg on their face. I always ask myself 'what do I need that defense for" which can be very enlightening.

      1. What do I need that defense for? For me, it usually comes down to a common theme - in case I get caught hanging out at the elementary school in a windowless van.

  2. "Lie to yourself" is an interesting way of putting it. For a good few years now I've thought of it as telling my future self the truth before it happens. It can only be a "lie" if you don't believe it and - as you have promoted before - if you surround yourself with positive, uplifting people, they will also understand the future truth.

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  • 4 comments on “Lie to Yourself!”

    1. I think high achievers are not afrai to fail. and don't mind getting egg on their face. I always ask myself 'what do I need that defense for" which can be very enlightening.

        1. What do I need that defense for? For me, it usually comes down to a common theme - in case I get caught hanging out at the elementary school in a windowless van.

    2. "Lie to yourself" is an interesting way of putting it. For a good few years now I've thought of it as telling my future self the truth before it happens. It can only be a "lie" if you don't believe it and - as you have promoted before - if you surround yourself with positive, uplifting people, they will also understand the future truth.

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