RDF Book Club – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

Written by Reynolds Defense Firm

On September 8, 2022

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Of all the books I’ve read, this one is by far the most life-changing for me. All too often you hear about the notion of “creating your own reality” or “manifesting your dreams.” And if you want to find success with this concept, the number one rule is that you must thoroughly believe in it. Well, if you’re anything like me, putting sincere faith into something requires at least a general understanding of what it is. As much as I wanted to manifest my biggest dreams into reality (who doesn’t?) I didn’t understand how occasional positive thinking would make it so. As impressive as the concept is, the idea is pretty far-out.

Then one day a friend turned me onto Dr. Joe Dispenza. Dr. Joe is a Doctor of Chiropractic, international speaker, and writer with post-graduate training in quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics. His life mission is to demystify the mystical by bridging the gap between science and spirituality. Dr. Joe does such an amazing job at explaining the actual science behind manifestation and the law of attraction, using clear examples and sharing remarkable studies. He also breaks down these concepts into practical, step-by-step tools to help you make measurable changes in any area of your life.

Law of Attraction

One of the key takeaways from this book is that if you remain the same person, doing the same things every day, how can you expect to see new and different results show up in your life? By the time we reach 35 years of age, our identity or personality is completely formed, and you run 95% of the day from your subconscious! Like a machine programmed for the same functions, day in and day out, without using any conscious thought. But by starting to observe these habitual behaviors, thoughts, patterns, and reactions, you can start to access the subconscious and change those behaviors, producing different life results.

Manifesting Your Reality

Dr. Joe argues that there’s a huge gap between the self we show to the world and our internal self, which is made up of regrets, guilt, fear, and anxiety. By mid-life, many of us start to find this gap unbearable and we notice that the external distractions (work, spending, drinking etc.) are less and less able to fill that void, causing what we know as a “mid-life crisis.” Dr. Joe teaches you how to let go of these negative emotions using conscious exercises and meditation, closing the gap between our true selves and what we show to the world. The result is our ability to manifest what we want by channeling new, positive emotions.

Take Charge of Your Life

The main point of this book is that you are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. After reading this book I felt empowered and excited about what I can create for my life. All throughout I had huge realizations and “light-bulb moments.” If you’re willing to put in the work, this book helps to put all of the puzzle pieces together and provides tools on how to become the highest version of yourself.


Written by Destiny Van Rooy

Destiny is our Client Experience Coordinator. She has extensive experience with much of our behind-the-scenes legal work and knowledge of the criminal case process. Her background helps our business and client service continue to grow simultaneously, by making sure that the human element of the legal experience is not lost on the good people we represent. Destiny moved to the Northwest from Arizona, promising to never look back. She’s fully embraced her new life in Oregon and loves riding her bike around Portland. She also loves meeting new people, dancing, crafting and catching live music shows with her husband, London.

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