Lesson 3: Take life personally. Set your own course.
"People are really stressed these days."
"Nobody has enough time."
Generalities (myths) like these can put your life on hold faster than you can say "auto-pilot." When you allow them to take hold in your mind, you feel powerless. It seems nearly impossible to change "everyone."
Thank goodness we enjoy the benefits of an interdependent society! If we each had to assemble the life skills to do everything for ourselves, most of us would be living a subsistence lifestyle centered on food production.
That said, it's the "personal" part of your life that has you soar with the eagles or stay in the dumps. It's your job performance, your state of health, your knack for managing money, your social skills, your willingness to stay the course when things get rough, and your stress level that makes or breaks the lifestyle you aspire to.