3 Total Ways We Sabotage Ourselves (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 170)
“The most important conversation is the one you have with yourself.”
— Zig Ziglar
We can’t believe everything we hear, or everything that is said, or everything we think. Yet we so often do just that. It doesn’t really help us or get us anywhere especially when all of it is negative. And many times, the hearing and the saying and the thinking is what sabotages everything for us. But we control all that. Don’t we? Self-sabotage isn’t going to stop on its now. We have to do something to make it stop. The stopping starts with us.
Here are three ways we often sabotage ourselves:
1. You listen too much to other people. It’s really sad, but very true, most people don’t give cents whether you succeed. They may act like they do — giving you advice that may or may not be accurate. But most people could care less what you dedicate your time, thoughts, and treasure to. Stop listening to other people. Follow your mind and you’ll be so much better for it.
2. You listen too much to yourself. Everyone says to listen to the voice in your head or listen to what’s going on inside you — guts, heart, intuition, whatever. Many times you should listen to these things. But there are very many times that that little voice in your head is lying to you. Your guts are giving in to feelings over facts. Your intuition is blinded by niceties instead of making you aware of evil intents.
3. You agree with the perceptions of other people about you. When Muhammad Ali came on to the scene of boxing, there were people who doubted that he was the greatest. But other people’s perceptions did not matter. It didn’t bother him what other people thought. He believed he was great and as it was in his mind, so it became. Stop buying in to other people’s perceptions of who you are and what you should do and where you should go. Forget that.
“The voice in your head looks at the facts, invents a story and paints a picture with words. So don’t be quick to trust that neurotic little bastard.”
— Srinivas Rao