(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


Goethe said, “Oh, How sweet it is to hear ones own convictions from another’s lips.” And, “We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.”

People in the public eye are reminded to never read their own press releases. And, for sure, never read your own resume — it’s written to make you sound like you’ve been the right hand of God! Press releases and resumes are slippery paths to self-deception.

Self-awareness comes from being willing and able to look at your current truth.

Where are you stuck? What makes you feel yucky? Of what are you afraid? Are you, solely, responsible for the outcomes in your life? Or is your life the result of what has happened to you?

When you look inward at your truth you will begin to see what needs to be healed/resolved/let go of/ re-framed. When you’ve started to handle that deep conditioning, cleaned it up, you can see clearly what your life is about.

Only by becoming self-aware can you clean up that which you have let deceive you.


Coaching Point: Self-deception feels warm and familiar, self-awareness feels (at first) uncomfortable. Are you willing to be a little uncomfortable in order to experience freedom from self-deception?


Copyright 2011 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.