The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence by Dr. Robert Anthony
“If we wish to make a fundamental change in our life, we must first understand the root of our problems. This invariably lies in our “mistaken certainties.”
Mistaken certainties are things we are sure are true but which, in fact, are not. They are generally based on wishful thinking, which distorts reality and leads to self-deception. We want things to be as we would like them to be rather than as they are. We look at the world through the filter of our beliefs which blinds us to what is real.
We can only change the world to the extent that we can change ourselves. We can only change ourselves to the degree that we become aware of our mistaken certainties. Most of our troubles arise from expectations that have not become realities. Most of our disappointments come from our mistaken ideal of how we think the world should be, and what we think we “should” or “ought” to do, be or have. This is known as resisting reality.
Emerson said, “We are what we think about all day long.” Everything that is happening to you right now in your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual world is the result of what is going on in your mind. To put it more exactly:
You accept, relate, or reject EVERYTHING in your mental and physical environment based on your present level of AWARENESS.”
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Quotes from: Dr. Robert Anthony, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence (New York: The Penguin Group, 1979), pages 6-7.