In the refreshing honest book “The Me Myth” Andrew Griffiths says we need to start seeing ourselves in a positive light. Ruby Harris agrees.
What’s it about?
Me, me, me – it’s the battle cry of the modern world. We’re obsessed with what we have, what we don’t have, being happy, being unhappy. Most of us are desperately seeking a sense of peace, happiness and satisfaction in the midst of a crazy world.
We’re looking inwards for answers but are we finding them? “Not really,” says bestselling author Andrew Griffiths. “Every day we are bombarded with messages reinforcing this idea that the world revolves around ‘me’. Messages telling us what to eat, what to wear, the friends we should have, where we should live, how we should live, who we should be!”
According to Andrew, this leads to a sense of over-analysis paralysis, a condition where we get overwhelmed with information, options and demands that make us self-obsessed. “We become confused, we lose direction and we struggle to achieve clarity in our lives. The worst part is that this overanalysis paralysis causes us to lose control of our lives.”
No one knows this better than Andrew. Growing up in a violent and neglectful home he never knew his parents, and didn’t even know when or where he was born. He was forced to sleep outside like a dog and was roaming the streets at night at the age of 8. As a teenager he fell into a world of crime and drugs which could have easily seen his life spiral out of control. And it almost did. Refusing to be a victim, Andrew pulled himself out of his terrible past and refused to let it define him, forging ahead to create a number of successful businesses and become a bestselling author.
“There comes a time for each and every one of us when we need to step up and take responsibility for our lives,” says Andrew, now based in Cairns, Far North Queensland. “A powerful place to start is by accepting that the world doesn’t revolve around you. The less time you spend thinking about yourself the more time you spend getting on with living and the greater your life will become.”
Break the “Me Myth”
In Andrew’s unique and down-to-earth style his latest book, “The Me Myth”, offers 36 ways in which you can break out of the “Me Myth” and get on with living, including:
• Put yourself in situations that challenge you, even if they make you feel uncomfortable. They’re usually the ones that teach you the most about yourself!
• Stop judging others (and yourself). It doesn’t do anyone any good and doesn’t get you closer to where you want to be.
• If you truly want to grow give your greatest asset. It might be easy to give money to charity but if time is your most precious asset, give that. You’ll appreciate it more because it required you to give more.
• Make a decision and move on. Don’t over-think the various outcomes or waste time analysing your decision after you’ve made it. You know what you need to do so do it, and move on.
• Have fun! Finding moments of fun is the easiest way to make your life happier and you’ll also have a profound effect on others.
• Celebrate and celebrate long. Even when you’re busy, or tired, or don’t even think it’s anything big, learn to celebrate the smallest things, including the opening of an envelope.
This book is amazingly honest! Even if you’re not into self-help or self-development books you will like this one because it’s actually quite hard to put down. Andrew generously shares his own stories and life experiences to provide a compelling argument for embracing a more authentic ‘me’ within all of us. This book is perfect for starting off the year with some new positive mental habits. Go for it!
Watch the interview on morning TVNZ and you will see for yourself how “authentic” Andrew is in real life. Hit http://www.thememyth.com.au.