After being interviewed last Tuesday on the Today Show, FOX Atlanta, and NBC Australia, I’ve received THOUSANDS of emails…in addition to the massive numbers the networks have received. Bottom line: delusional thinking is FAR worse than I thought; at least around the btopic of weight loss and fitness. About 50% of the emails love the premise of self-responsibility, and the other half want to continue to blame everyone and everything but themselves. You can see the Today Show and FOX  interviews on My challenge to you is to listen to this post and see if you’re deluding yourself in some area of your life. I’m headed to Tampa tomorrow  for two more TV interviews as well as a keynote speech, and then to Europe to conduct the Bill Gove Speech Workshop. I’m going to invest in some introspective analysis on all these flights in an attempt to uncover the areas of my life where I’m not doing as well as I could due of delusional thinking. I challenge you to do the same and post a comment about it. We only get one shot at life, guys. Why not be the best we can be?  I’ll look forward to your comments.  Steve Siebold

Steve Siebold
Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.

3 thoughts on “Self-Delusion is the Problem…Mental Toughness is the Answer”

  1. Hi Steve!

    Well you asked for it, so here goes…

    Here’s the simplest way to state my problem with self-delusion: I’ve discovered that the person who sets the alarm clock at night, is not always the same person who turns off the alarm clock in the morning. And this has nothing to do with sleep.

    Like the “me” who wants the necessary monthly expenses and no other debts, doesn’t always show up when the “me” who loves spending money wants to go on a rampage.

    In the military, there’s a chain of command and one leader who has the last word. Like it or not, if you’re a part of the unit you’ve got to suck it up, fall in and contribute. The well being of the entire group and the success of the mission depends on everyone doing what’s expected of them; everyone has to be on the ‘same page’.

    In my world, I have a small ‘army’ of desires. My desires represent the sum total of all the “me’s” that are constantly vying for attention. They all want to take over and be the leader. They all want to influence direction but most don’t ask the tough, critical question…

    “Is this the best thing for the good of the entire ‘unit’ and will following this direction/desire lead to a successful outcome?”

    The most successful athletes (and perhaps all successful indivduals) learn to delay gratification until they attain their goals. They’re good at spotting a desire that will only produce short term happiness as opposed to one which will contribute to long term fulfillment.

    So I’ve got to be better at asking the question (from above). Most of my ‘army’ already knows what the answer is going to be and they don’t like it. But I’m sure I can convince them it’s in their best interest to suck it up, fall in and contribute.

    Thanks for the nudge,

    Be well,


  2. “I’m going to invest in some introspective analysis on all these flights in an attempt to uncover the areas of my life where I’m not doing as well as I could due of delusional thinking.” — Steve

    That’s the challenge and the mirror looking at the mirror image attempting to see itself through objective eyes begs many perceptual questions: how does one objectify? What can the mind see that has defined seeing? Where does the end of thought and the beginning of insight begin?

    Sometimes just asking those questions begins to shed some light. There should be a movement from now through the end of this century to challenge people to “uncover the areas of my life where I’m not doing as well as I could due of delusional thinking” which is what you’ve started, Steve.


  3. Hi Steve, first let me congratulate you on facing a baptism of fire on national TV. Naturally Interviewers have to sit on the fence when it comes to confrontational methods but you held good. and of course your message was directed at the vast percentage of dillusional fat people who look around desperately for an excuse to stay fat. Obesity is not an addiction like drugs, it is a habit which can be broken by changing our thinking. Unfortunately for these overweight people who even for a moment have the thought that they would like to lose weight, to be slimmer and fitter and live longer. The process takes a little time. The Fat did not get there overnight and it wont go away overnight. It takes a strong diciplined effort that is sustained for as long as it takes. it takes the mental strength to persist in the battle to get rid of this useless extra flesh. if your book can inspire just one person to persist and achieve great results in this way you will have succeeded Steve. my respect and admiration for you has been increased by your resilience in the effort to improve the lives and health of the Illusional masses. Good on ya Mate cheers John E Regan

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