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Often, the main message of writers and motivational speakers revolves around the idea of self-improvement. We’re supposed to review our life and identify our problem areas, ranging from the internal ones, like self-esteem, to external issues such as unstable finances or dysfunctional family life. We learn that sources of stress are most often to blame for our various failings, be it stress coming from our environment or self-imposed pressure.
On a superficial level, this approach makes sense. Through this process, we narrow our issues down to one key element that we then work on changing.
But all too often, just when we think we have things under control, the problem returns, putting us back in square one. Or, as is also commonly the case, a successfully resolved issue leads to the discovery of another problem, then another – and so on, ad infinitum.
Then again, what else can we do, other than putting out fires as and when they become too much to bear?
Former CEO and currently a successful motivational speaker and self-help writer Terrance McMahon’s answer is: stop repairing, start reinventing.
McMahon’s revolutionary and innovative method doesn’t want you to keep fixing things that aren’t working. His intention is to start you on your way to completely recreating yourself as a functioning, balanced, fulfilled individual, rather than endlessly trying to find happiness in what you already have. Put simply, it follows the logic of ‘stop trying to be something and just be it’.
It’s refreshing to be faced with self-help and self-improvement ideas that follow firm logic and take a different approach. The more you think about it, the more McMahon’s philosophy makes better sense than traditional ideas. In the long run, it’s far more efficient to reinvent than incessantly repair: if you had a car that keeps breaking down, for instance, would you keep fixing it endlessly, never sure whether it’ll let you down again, or take a step back and replace it with a new one you can rely on?
McMahon’s method is more than mere theory – as evidenced by his recent TEDx talk, it was first developed as a means of survival for himself – a way of ending his battle with alcoholism once and for all and recovering after a brush with death following liver failure. During this extremely trying time in his life, he developed what he refers to as the ‘algorithm for happiness’ – a step-by-step, easy to understand process for achieving the desired result of becoming the person you want to be.
This process of recreation, reinvention,
and achievement of your full potential is described in detail in McMahon’s #1
bestselling book, SuperHero Self.
This 12-week guide to learning how to understand who you need to be to reach
your individual idea of happiness and how to become this person really can’t be
recommended enough. And if you’ve already read the book and are looking for further
insights, check out the YouTube channel Your Voice to the World, ran by
McMahon in collaboration with speaker,
filmmaker, and storyteller Eddie Pinero.