Is your EGO running the show?

I just received an email from an author asking for help. He wants me to share his book with my contact list. “One of my lifelong dreams is to hit the NY Times Bestseller list,” he wrote.

He reminded me of me when I released my first book “Stay Tuned”. I thought “If I could just get this in Oprah’s hands, I’d be OK.” I checked its status on Amazon daily. I was so proud of it, but that wasn’t enough. I wanted others to be proud of it too. I figured that praise from a list or from a celebrity would make me whole and that I would be better somehow with mass approval.

What I didn’t realize was that I needed to do more work on myself. I was letting the outside world determine if I was OK.  

We live in a society that is so addicted to the approval of others. If this other author makes it to that list, will he be content? It could be a fabulous book, I don’t know because I haven’t read it yet. If he sells a ton of them, it might put some money in his pocket, sure. It’s great to be celebrated and respected, so being on the bestseller list would probably feel wonderful. Until that high wears off and then it’s time to get on the top of another list.

In the last 15 years I’ve interviewed many gurus and authors who’ve had bestsellers. The ones who really stood out weren’t spreading their messages to be famous. They were spreading their words of wisdom because they wanted to help people first. Their fame and money came from their authentic need to help the world, not from their desire to be on the top of the list.

If you are doing ANYTHING because your motivation is to be on a list, or win an award, or get kudos from famous people, then your EGO is running the show. Period.

I love the acronym Edging God Out that Wayne Dyer uses with EGO.

Now don’t get me wrong- I get that having goals is a good thing. It’s important to “reach for the stars” as my tagline says for my second book “I’m Spiritual, Dammit!” But don’t let your happiness be determined by your accomplishments. That is like standing on quicksand. Your happiness needs to come from your relationships with others, but more importantly, your relationship with yourself.

You better still like you regardless of how many books you sell. Regardless of how many medals you win. You are enough, even if you are sitting on your couch doing nothing.


We grind our gears thinking goals will fill the hole and make us whole, and guess what….It just creates more need to succeed. You never stop chasing your tail. You are Edging God Out.

When you come from your heart, you will create life long success. 

So ask yourself as you go through your day, “Is this serving my head (ego) or my heart?”

The heart will always win in the end.


4 Replies to “Is your EGO running the show?”

  1. Very well said. There is such a fine line between balance and mayhem! I’m a huge affirmation junkie….I had a therapist who chatted with me about self affirmation and having my own personal “tool chest” so that I did not need to rely on others for happiness and approval…that was five years ago and it still takes daily practice to keep the old EGO in check….and some days old insecurities can make it difficult.

    Thank you for your perspective and thoughts!

  2. “The heart will always win in the end.” So very true. As a society we have been conditioned to think that achievements and the accumulation of wealth and possessions will make us happy and fulfill us. This could not be further from the truth. True wealth (happiness) comes from a peaceful heart. Without it the fame, the financial abundance and all the fancy possessions merely fill the void within for a moment and we are left seeking the next “fix”

    Thank you Jen for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Agreed the Heart Will win in the end. Our True Happiness comes from True Relationships We made throughout time.

  4. I just started writing a blog that I’ve been neglecting for years. Last night, after purging myself onto Microsoft word, I was so proud of the outcome I wanted to send it to everyone. I sent it to some people because I hoped they’d learn from it. My EGO sent it to some people, hoping they’d pass it on. I had mixed feelings about the feedback I received, but I like the idea of asking myself before during and after the writing/purging process, who and what is this for? Who is it meant to serve?
    Thanks Jen. I appreciate the reminder.

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