3 More Ways We Sabotage Ourselves (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 165)
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect It’s successful outcome.”
— William James
Sometimes, there are legitimate roadblocks and obstacles that seem impossible to cross. Other times, make that many other times, there are roadblocks and obstacles that we place in front of ourselves and we make them seem impossible to cross. It’s very sad — even heartbreaking — how much time we spend and energy we dedicate to destroying ourselves. How much more could we accomplish if we actively stop sabotaging our own possibilities, opportunities, and dreams?
Here are three ways we often sabotage ourselves:
1. You fear people. We can all agree that there are some very evil people in the world. Heck, we all have some level of evil in us. It would come out if we’re left to our own vices. But living in fear of people is no way to live. Some people — the good ones — are here to help you, really. They want to see you do well and if you’d only let them in on your plans, they might even go with you on the journey.
2. You grow lemons. Attitude is everything. Talent is a “pee-nut” compared to attitude. If everything around you is going bad and nobody likes you and you don’t get along with anybody on your job, perhaps you need to stop blaming and start turning inward to see if you’re sour. If something always stinks when you walk in the door, you might want to back up and check your own shoes.
3. You live that crab life. What happens when you put two or more crabs in a bucket and one of them tries to climb out? The other crabs in the bucket pull him back done. Since they are at the bottom and can’t get out, they don’t want anybody else climbing out either. You will never shine brighter by blowing out someone else’s candle. Keep climbing and help someone else climb too and eventually you’ll get to where you’re going.
“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson