I mentioned recently how much I was into personal development stuff.
Books, courses, audio programs, etc.
I’m a junkie.
I could do better implementing more of what I learn, but still…
I think it’s helpful for everyone to understand a few things:
1) You create your own reality.
2) You can only control yourself, not other people, things, circumstances, etc.
3) You can choose how you view and react to situations.
Just getting a handle on these basic concepts will really help you.
They fall in that category of things that are simple, but not easy.
And one of the things that’s really not easy is accepting how these come into play in your own life.
It’s hard to see (or at least admit) your own faults.
It’s far easier to see how other people can improve in these areas!
But let’s say that you’ve pout your ego aside a little and accpeted how these ideas affect you personally.
It gets really difficult to interact with people who haven’t been so “enlightened.”
You may even start to become very intolerant of people who don’t understand this.
After all, it’s so clear to YOU how they could improve their situation…
But they just don’t see it.
And that can be hard to cope with.
When it’s your family, what do you do?
(I don’t know the answer to this question, BTW. Comment with your thoughts.)
What happens when you should be empathetic, but instead you become quite the opposite?
Hence today’s post title.
The dark side of personal development is that, in the early days, you can do a great deal of damage to your relationships with the uninitiated.
Because it can really be frustrating.
But here’s the thing…
You can’t make other people believe this stuff by force.
They have to come to the ideas on their own, otherwise it might feel like you’re trying to control them.
Just something to keep in mind as you march down the path of self-improvement.
P.S. I just launched a Facebook Page for these thoughts and would greatly appreciate it if you would head over there and “Like” the page. If any of the messages resonate with you, please don’t hesitate to share them. Thank you!