Self-Delusion: The Trap

“It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm.”

This quote by Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, hits the nail on the head

Who among us hasn’t downplayed our abilities or engaged in criticism of ourselves at some time or another?

Each one of these self-denials of your knowledge, strength, experience, intelligence, and ability is adding strength to those internal forces working against you, making your job harder than it should be.

You don’t need any more challenges than you’re already facing. Just living life, trying to make a living in the profession of selling, will present you with more than enough reasons to quit without you also knocking yourself down first.

You carry inside yourself, the seeds of your own future.

Your life will become what you make it. But every time you engage in self-denial, self-abnegation or self-doubt, you sabotage your own chances of success by planting the seeds to poison your own future.

It’s a time-honored principle that the most dangerous thing you can do is to deny yourself.


Because, it’s the ultimate trap; it doesn’t require a jailor, because you’re trapping yourself, by self-denial and self-delusion.

Everyone has made mistakes. Every living person has done things for which they could be censured by self or others. Just don’t make a habit of doing such things. Recognize your failings and correct them with self-discipline and common sense. There is far, far more good in you than the reverse.

So, just knock off deliberately weakening yourself. It just makes your job harder than it already is.

Self-delusion and self-denial are alike, a trap. And the only way to avoid it is to not do it in the first place.

This quote from Voltaire gives food for thought.

The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.” Voltaire

Self-delusion and self-denial are alike, a trap. And the only way to avoid it is to not do it in the first place.

Ready for a change?

Try this:

  1. Look at what you have done or are you’re doing to yourself.
  2. Decide that you need to change this, and act on that decision.
  3. Determine the exact next step you need to take to get going.
  4. Do it.

Yes, it really is that simple. It is possible, and very much worth doing.

After all, the ability to change your mind is one of the most powerful tools you possess.

daniel w. jacobs
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