Category Archives: Managing Beliefs

Confessions of a Modern-Day Walter Mitty

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Is Your Clarity & Sense of Purpose a Delusion?


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Have you ever felt like your future suddenly came into clear focus? Suddenly, you knew what you were supposed to do with your life, as if your guardian angel had descended from the heavens and handed you your personalized marching orders? I believe I’m not the only person in the world who has felt this on occasion.

On the other hand, do you remember who Walter Mitty is? In 1939, the New Yorker published The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by humorist James Thurber, the story of an insignificant and oppressed loser who embellishes his sorry life with constant daydreams of heroism, fame, status, and power. This made such an impact on our society that it was made into a 1947 film (with Danny Kaye) and a 2013 film (with Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, and Kathryn Hahn). Continue reading

How to Lie to Yourself for Fun and Profit

What stops us from following our hearts? You CAN resolve this conflict.

Following the Heart Is Impossible

Following our hearts sometimes seems too scary to choose. Why is that? Why is the voice of the heart so easily extinguished? Why do so few people actually base their entire existences on living from their hearts?

For many, following the heart is a dream that we often put off because of all the reality responsibilities that always crowd in around us throughout our lives, obscuring all possibility of breaking through into your most desired life. The dictates of money and of what we call survival are so powerful and so compelling that to depart from the single path that society has mapped out for us seems utterly impossible.
Read more about how modifying your beliefs can change your reality.