Jun 24, 2010

#20 - "We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves." Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

#20 - 188 (down 1.5), B.F. 40.5 (down 1) Total -26 lb...we're on a roll :)

Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld
French classical author, a contemporary of Descartes, who is best known for his maximes, epigrams expressing a harsh or paradoxical truth in the briefest manner possible. A cynical observer of Louis XIV's court, La Rochefoucauld mostly saw selfishness, hypocrisy, and weakness in general in human behavior. With his independent way of thinking he was also one of the intellectual forefathers of the Enlightenment. La Rochefoucauld's insights have influenced amongst others Lord Chesterfield, Thomas Hardy, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stendhal, and André Gide. http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/rochefou.htm

I love this guys quote. I looked him up and he was quite the character. He had a rough life and even though he was quite cynical and lived his life on the "Effect" side of the equation (where most of society lives), he was still able to make lemonade out of the lemons that he thought life had dealt him with his many writings and published works.

I teach in my 1 on 1 coaching and in my workshops about "Cause and Effect". To be empowered you need to chose to live on the "Cause" side of the equation. Meaning that you're accountable and responsible for where you are and aren't in your life. Accepting that your life is a result of the choices that you made and didn't make up until this point. Being at "Effect" essentially, is to blame everyone else for your lot in life, even why you did or didn't become the person you really wanted to be, like Francois. When you're at "Effect", you totally give your power away.

I do my best to live my life from the "Cause" side and find it very freeing.

Cheers to Your Health,