Your essence is good.
Your natural instincts are good.
Then, life blindsides us, and all manner of doubt enters our Minds – and the doubt involves an identity crisis.
All of a sudden, we wonder, “Am I broken?” “Am I stupid?” “Am I worthless?” These questions are normal and human . . . and they represent the Mind’s alarm system.
Here’s how it works:
> The Mind basically says this, “Oops, we undershot it on that one.
> To prevent that from happening again, we are going to overshoot it . . . We are going to create a Pattern . . . about YOU.”
> And then YOUR PATTERN is going to change your expectations about what is going to happen out there. It is going to prepare you for Rejection. And theexpectation of Rejection is going to warrant a whole set of Protective Behaviors.
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We call these the 6 Deadly Sins . . . and the first of the Deadly Sins is Perfectionism.
Perfectionism is NOT your nature. It’s a behavior designed to keep you from ever being blindsided again . . . IF I can do everything perfect, I”ll never be rejected or blindsided again.
This behavior, like the other 5 deadly sins, will leave you with a psychological stomachache eventually.
Nobody thrives in perfectionism . . .
ON the contrary, success and joy are found in the Risk, in the intentional interaction with the unknown.
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