A great self-help book is worth its weight in gold.
Many people believe they should read self-help only when they are depressed or feeling worthless. Rather, most self-help books focus on the other end of the continuum. A great self-help book helps you to live a more fulfilled existence and find authentic happiness.
One of my favorite self-help authors is Wayne Dyer. To me, he is the real deal. His first book, “Erroneous Zones,” became a classic and a must read for everyone who wants to enhance their personal development. His latest book, “I Can See Clearly Now,” focuses on how his life stories, and more importantly, our life stories, will always have purpose when we reflect upon them at a deeper level.
In his latest book, Dyer proposes that we go through stages toward our higher being, with love at the final stage. One personal development stage along the path, living fearlessly, has immense application to our business life.
You must be fearless to achieve your goals and reach your true fulfillment. However, it is our ego that blocks us from having true alignment in our lives. As Dyer puts it, EGO stands for edging God out. It makes us focus on what others think of us and it blocks us from being true to ourselves and achieving what is best.
In business-related terms, EGO leads to:
1. Fear of failure
2. Fear of rejection
3. Fear of criticism
4. Performance anxiety
5. Fear of success
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to lose our fears and anxiety at work and in our life?
The first step is to living fearlessly in business is to acknowledge that you are the driver and not your ego. When that happens, you will begin to control and master your fears and anxiety and begin to move forward in your personal development.
One of my favorite sayings by Dyer on this topic of ego is when you have a choice to be right or kind, always chose to be kind. You are kind to yourself when you let go of the ego in your life.
Gregg Steinberg is a professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University. He is author of the best-selling business book “Full Throttle” and speaks to businesses about improving attitude and performance. Learn more atwww.drgreggsteinberg.com.