Desire as a motivator for achievement and even for survival isn't a bad thing. It's when desire drives us to grab more than our share or harm others that issues arise.
When denial is in play, a person simply refuses to recognize the truth, no matter how apparent.
...the longer one stays in full flight from reality, the more painful will be the landing.
If you are worrying about reputation, you are taking time away from doing the things that really matter.
...frankly, many times, the people that we resent either have no idea about it or could care less.
Our reputations are so out of our control that it's laughable how much time and effort so many of us put into trying to "control" them.
The more "things" I have, the more time I spend thinking about them, moving them around, fixing them, looking for them, or upgrading them.
When relying solely on ego, we are given many messages that are contrary to the achievement of that happy and fulfilling life that most of us actually desire.
Ego doesn't want us to be loving, forgiving and kind to each other or even to ourselves.
Ego very much wants to make you think that your self worth is all about what you possess, what you've accomplished, and who you know.
Ego sends a lot of messages through the sub-conscious that do not serve our true nature, even a little bit.
The ego is never satisfied. So, if you're not satisfied with what you have right now, consider what is driving you.
We are not obliged to like everyone, only to love and forgive everyone, sometimes from a distance.
Negative thinking will not produce positive changes - ever.