Men have a long history of being in charge of all sorts of things - except themselves. This lack of self-control in private can threaten to undo a lifetime of work and accomplishment in other, more public, arenas.
Today, men continue to become enmeshed in compulsive behaviors that are destructive to thier health, their work, and their sense of self, as well as to the ones they love. Sometimes it is the men who are fully in control of other aspects of their lives who find themselves trapped in secret compulsions. And sometimes it is these men who try and try to make progress toward change but end up sinking deeper and deeper into the compulsion for all that effort.
I get it. I'm a guy. I run my own business. I have people who work for me, and my job is to help other people figure out how to do what's right for them. I spend my life showing people how to do what's right for them. I spend my life showing people how to take the necessary steps to change their lives for good. Yet, with all of that, I stumble myself. I know what to do, but I don't always do it. It's easy for me to take up the lament of the apostle Paul, who said in Romans 7:15, "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." Just like other men, I can easily find myself doing the very thing I hate.
That's what my newest book is about - how to stop doing the things you hate and take back control of your life and choices.
If you and/or men you know face similar challenges, I hope you'll participate in my 30-day giveaway of Battles Men Face: Strategies to Win the War Within. November 7 through December 6, 2012 simply share your thoughts, feelings or experiences on the book giveaway posts on Facebook and Twitter. Getting a better handle on yourself and your life is worth it. Of course, you're only going to get out of this book what you put into it. I can give you the information and insights, but I can't change you; that's not my job, that's yours.
Portions of this blog post are excerpted from Battles Men Face: Strategies to Win the War Within by Dr. Gregory Jantz.