We are controlled by unconscious forces that prevent us from reaching our full potential.
No matter how hard we try, it is difficult to understand ourselves because we have no direct access to our unconscious.
Our conscious thoughts are conceived from what we are unconscious of, but that does not stop us from creating a list of reasons for our feelings.
We should, however, be suspicious of these reasons because we fabricate a story about how we feel based on unreliable information.
The narrative we tell ourselves often includes a hint of truth, yet it frequently misrepresents how we actually feel.
We go to great lengths to view the world in a way that protects us from threats to our psychological well-being.
We create stories that conform to societal expectations, our personal philosophies, and whatever happens to be on our mind at the moment.
We are masters at spinning our stories to avoid threatening information and to attempt to explain our behaviors.
Very often our conscious desires are not aligned with our subconscious, which leads to conflict and anxiety.
People whose conscious goals match their unconscious desires are always happier and more successful.
To achieve personal breakthroughs, we must work to make the unconscious conscious—then we can strip away the limiting beliefs.
Our unconscious is critical for our survival, but because it operates out of sight, it is largely inaccessible.
Introspection can shine light on thoughts and feelings we were not previously aware of—but that only goes so far—not everything can be so easily seen.
Because there is no direct link to the unconscious, it usually must be uncovered with the help of a skilled coach or therapist.
After teaching, interviewing and coaching thousands of people, I have realized that it is impossible to reach peak levels in your life, career, and relationships without the help of a coach.
We are unable to see ourselves honestly enough to get beyond our self-created limitations.
Unless you are completely satisfied with where you are in every area of your life, it is critically important that you have an objective person to help you reach your next level.
When I was young I believed that crazy people talked to coaches and therapists, but today I realize it is crazy not to.
If you want to improve your body, business, relationships, finances, art, athletic performance, or anything, you have to have someone there to guide and keep you on track.
Regardless of the field, without exception, every single high level person has used at least one coach, consultant, therapist, or advisor to become successful.
It is a sign of maturity to admit that we do not have all the answers.
There is value in learning from the struggle, but imagine if you could shortcut the process and smooth out some of the bumps along the way.
Today is an important day.
It is the beginning of 2017, but more importantly, it is the first day of the rest of your life.
Make it count.
Make a decision to commit to taking your life to the next level.
P.S. I am making room in 2017 to work with a few new clients. If you would like to learn more about working with me, please click HERE.
We may not be an ideal match, but regardless, it is critical that you find someone to help you reach your next level.
Photo: My son at Shell Beach, CA