Is Life Driving You Crazy???

Why Don’t You Take the Keys Back? It’s Your Car!!!!

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How many times have you heard people say that so and so is making them so mad, or that such and such a situation has driven them into the ground or that life itself is driving them crazy. It's common. We think like victims. We think stress is something that exists like a roof. "I'm under a lot of stress." We're waiting for good things to happen so we can feel better. "As soon as I win the lotto things will be good."

Dr. Scott Sheperd thinks this way of thinking in which we give the power in life to other people and events is messed up and keeps us in a victim/reactive mode for our entire lives. He uses stories from Victor Frankl, a psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor and author of “Man’s Search For Meaning,” James Stockdale, a long held POW in Vietnam, and Vice Presidential candidate, as well as his own experiences which cover close to 50 years of working with people. His experiences deal with everything from both everyday life problems to really big ones like having a child murdered or dealing with Cancer and AIDS and substance abuse.

Dr. Sheperd challenges the way most of us think about stress and personal power. He reminds us that if someone is driving us crazy, it's because we have given him or her the keys to our life. He not only suggests quitting that, he gives ideas on how to quit it.

He also points out that helplessness and hopelessness are not just different words for the same thing. Helplessness is a fact of life. We are helpless in many things concerning life. Hopelessness is an attitude, a state of mind. We have a great deal of control over that. The quicker we understand that, the quicker we start taking control of how we look at ourselves, our lives, and how we deal with what life hands us. It is an empowering book that believes in hope but recognizes how we have to get involved in our own lives