Do you tell yourself the truth or are you living in a river in Egypt (denial)

When someone asks you how your business is going, what do you say?  Do you moan about how hard business is, or how great business is…. Or do you tell it as it is?  Whatever you tell them, what do you tell yourself?  Do you gloss over any challenges you have or problems you need to deal with?

Are you living in denial?  It is an easy place to get to.  Many years ago I was living quite happily there until I was talking to a real friend (a sports coach as it happens).  After the usual greetings and chit chat, my friend asked me how my job in the city was going.  I said it was going really great and that I was really enjoying it.  I was just about to ask him about his business when he stopped me dead in my tracks.  He said something that shook me to the core and made me feel very stupid.  He said B******t!  I can see on your face and tell by your voice that you are living in a river in Egypt.

Well, what a shock that was. And what a great friend I thought.  Hmmmm!

We covered the niceties of how he was doing, not brilliant, but with some good wins and a strong sense that he was steadily getting to where he wanted to be.  At the time I had a very well paying job and no time to enjoy the rewards with my family.  The real point was that I WAS unhappy and hadn’t accepted it.  I spent the next few days thinking of his sudden outburst; and yes, I was angry.  I thought I was angry with him until I realised I was angry with myself for lying to myself.  It was at that point that I decided to take control of my life and do what I wanted and to give myself permission to see the real truth of my situation.

So, when was the last time you took stock of your life?  Are you telling yourself the truth? Or maybe you are just swimming along that Egyptian river hoping to stay afloat.

I have found many people who have something they are ignoring about themselves or their business rather than see it for what it is and sort it out.  My suggestion to you is to take a little time out and check your truth.  If you find you have been living in denial, get to the root of the problem and make your life as you want it to be.

If you want help with getting a clear view of the truth of your life, call 07766 080770 or email

About Alex Petty

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