Wayne Dyer (1940 – 2015), was a self-help guru and an inspirational speaker who mainly taught about the Tao (Chinese Philosophical Tradition).Wayne Dyer wrote many mind-opening books that have inspired millions of people all over the world including billionaire Sara Blakely (Net worth – 1.03 billion dollars), who revealed that Wayne Dyer’s tapes were her primary source of inspiration.
I have also read most of Wayne Dyer’s books but I was mostly inspired by the book: Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life. From the book, I learned several factors that have enabled me to improve the quality of my life.
In this article, I will provide you with the five most crucial lessons I have learned from the book.
- What Cannot Be Cured Must Be Endured
Wayne Dyer advises that we must never concentrate on what might have happened. Instead, we must accept whatever happens and work hard on attracting what we want.
He writes that many people complain when things don’t go their way without knowing that complaining wastes the time and energy they could have used to make their lives better.
- Your Life Changes Only When You Change
Wayne Dyer writes that things cannot change if you don’t change. For example, you cannot become rich if you continue being lazy, because for you to make big money, you must dump your lazy lifestyle and embrace a hardworking way of life.
In other words, if you change nothing, nothing will change.
Don’t Put Half of the Effort Unless You are Okay With Half of the Results
- If You Have A Problem, Focus on the Solution.
Wayne Dyer believes that the more you focus on your problems the bigger they become. Also, he writes that focusing on the possible effects of your problems won’t make them go away. For a problem to quickly go away, you must focus on finding solutions.
- Always Try to Identify the Reasons Why You Are Not Achieving Your Goals
Wayne Dyer teaches that for us to quickly move forward, we must check what is limiting us from achieving our expectations. For instance, if we are not where we want to be, we must check if we are working hard enough, or if the people we associate with are preventing us from making progress.
Identifying the limiting factors will enable us to eliminate them hence making us achieve our desires within a short period.
- Don’t Dwell on Negative Emotions if You Fail.
Wayne Dyer advises us to never succumb to negative emotions in case our projects fail. Instead, we must try to think of a different method that can enable us to avoid failure in the future.
Succumbing to negative emotions is dangerous to our progress because it prevents us from being optimistic and trying out new things.
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7 Great Lessons From Byways to Blessedness By James Allen
Although Byways to Blessedness was written in 1904, the book is still useful today. In the book, James Allen provides advice that enables readers to live a wonderful life. He encourages readers to find happiness by avoiding negative states of mind as they lead to suffering. Also, he enlightens readers on the importance of difficulties and solitude.
Anyway, there are many lessons James Allen provides in the book, but here are the lessons I loved the most.
- How You Begin Your Day Matters
How you begin your day matters because it determines how your day will be. Your day will be filled with joy if you begin it wisely and joyfully, and you might have a bad day if you start it with a poor attitude.
- How to be Great
If you want to be great, you must sacrifice pride because it prevents you from doing the things that will make you great. Besides this, you must be willing to dedicate all your mind and energy on one thing, and you must avoid focusing on the outcome.
- The True Nature of Difficulty
According to James Allen, difficulty exists in the mind, and that’s why a difficult experience for a child might be easy for an adult.
He also teaches that difficulty fosters growth and development because it forces us to exercise our intelligence and awaken our hidden powers.
- The Negative Effects of Resentfulness
Resentfulness causes suffering because it prevents you from attaining true enlightenment. Moreover, it hardens your heart and prevents you from receiving the blessings meant for you.
Furthermore, it makes you suffer because it causes a troubled mind and makes you remember the bad things some people did to you.
- See No Evil And You’ll Free Yourself From Suffering and Sorrow
According to James Allen, you free yourself from suffering and sorrow when you stop judging people from your viewpoint of what’s right and wrong; when you realize that people have their personal viewpoints which make them do certain things, and that everybody thinks that whatever he or she is doing is necessary for them.
- The Secret to Joy
James Allen believes it’s possible to find abiding joy while here on earth because you are responsible for creating joy in your life. He believes you can find joy by being selfless because selfishness results in suffering. He also teaches that you can find joy by avoiding the attachment to things and loving everyone.
- The Importance of Solitude
Solitude is necessary for your spiritual life as sleep is necessary for your body. Solitude is so important that lacking it can result in a spiritual break down. It enables you to find the strength, wisdom, and knowledge needed to overcome life’s hardships. Moreover, it enables you to realize your true self and the hidden powers or possibilities within you.
8 Nuggets of Wisdom from the Four Agreements by Don Ruiz
In his book, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Don Ruiz, provides wonderful pieces of advice that will help you find freedom. The book is enlightening, and all individuals in search of true happiness should read it.
Here are seven nuggets of wisdom I learned from the book.
- We Always Domesticate Our Children
According to Don Ruiz, children are domesticated the same way animals are domesticated. We domesticate them by punishing them when they go against our rules and rewarding them when they obey us. They then grow up with a certain belief and behavioral system that is forced upon them.
- Our Belief System Guides Our Thoughts And Actions
We all have a set of beliefs that guide our thoughts and actions. These beliefs determine whether we’ll be positive or negative thinkers, and where we’ll end up in life.
- Why Your Beliefs Have the Power to Guide You
Your beliefs have the power to guide you because you believe they are true. You completely trust them hence allowing them to determine your thoughts, decisions, and actions.
- Our Biggest Fear is to Be Authentic
We avoid showing the world our true nature because our biggest fear is to be ourselves. Little do we know that most people who achieve personal freedom and true success are authentic. They never fear expressing who they truly are.
- Be Careful With Your Word
You must be careful with your word because it influences other people’s actions and attitudes. Your friend can start loving herself passionately if you constantly tell her that she is a wonderful being. Conversely, the same friend can dislike herself if you constantly tell her that she’s an ugly loser.
- Don’t Take Things Personally
Taking things people say personally shows that you agree with what they say. Stop agreeing with everything people say about you because whatever people say comes from their personal viewpoint. It’s all about them, and not you.
Taking things personally will waste your time and energy because you’ll keep thinking why some people said some things about you, and how you’ll get back at them.
- Stop Making Assumptions
Most of us make assumptions that eventually hurt us. For instance, we love making assumptions about our friends, spouses, and relatives. We assume they know what hurts and what doesn’t hurt us, and we get offended when they do something that hurts us.
- Always Do Your Best
Do your best because by doing so you’ll avoid guilt and regret as you’ll love yourself, and you’ll be more fruitful. Don Ruiz defines doing your best as enjoying the action you take without expecting rewards. You, therefore, know you are doing your best when you are working while not thinking about payday.
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