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Be proud of yourself and encourage others to be great.
The fear that other people can be/will be/are better than you is a limiting belief. The fear that this is a bad thing, that people are better than you, is a limiting belief. Encourage others. Encourage all. See people’s potential and admire their brilliance. The pain starts when we stop appreciating ourselves and others.
SOURCEWritten & designed by Mike Guggenheim, in collaboration with Jack Haldrup, CEO & founder of Dr. Squatch Soap Co.
PSI was commisioned to write these articles, however I continue to wet shave & use Dr. Squatch products out of my own free will, because they are, in fact, the best.
The more something threatens our identity, the more we avoid it.
There's a certain comfort that comes with “knowing" how we fit in the world. Anything that shakes up that comfort can be perceived as a threat to our character. Mark Manson's theory of avoidance applies to both good and bad things in life. In other words, we can be just as fearful of success as we are of failure. When we "know" who we are, we tend to lose curiosity and stop growing as humans - subconscious behavior kicks in and begins to dictate how we interact with the world.
For instance, people often say "I'm not the creative type". But, that bothers me. I believe that we all have the capacity to be creative. It's a matter of choosing to be vulnerable enough to put your ideas on the line. Maybe they're good ideas and maybe they're not - but who cares? When our heart is the right place, we should never be ashamed for trying. Howard Bloom, a prolific American writer & publicist, once said, "Great ideas have something in common with bad ones - early on, they both sound ridiculous".
Personally, I struggle with drawing. People assume that I'm good at it because I've surrounded myself in the art world. The idea that I should be good, makes me avoid putting myself out there for fear of not living up to expectations. So, I pledge... "Draw more, Mike". Like no one's watching. Do it. Give life to the image in your head - and hopefully, maybe... it'll resonates with others.
As Mark Manson says, "we shouldn't cement ourselves in unnecessary roles. It only creates unnecessary expectations and unfair biases. It closes us off to inner potential and outer opportunities." Mark says, "Never find yourself. Never know who you are.” Because not knowing keeps us striving for more. It forces us to remain humble in our judgements and accepting of our differences. When open to the thought that we're not as great or awful as we think, we open the door to humility and vulnerability - we open the door to exploration and growth. ...we open the door... period.
"In a world that tells us to create an identity and promote a personal brand, it's natural for us to get swept up by our thoughts and feelings, falling pray to the notion of "good" vs. "bad". We're required to tell stories to sell our work and talent, but often forget where the line is that separates reality from fiction. Ultimately, this disability paralyzes us and puts up a wall between us and the information we need to do our work."
- Ryan Holiday
The solution lies in the ability to eliminate harmful mind chatter.
Promoting oneself as being powerful, special or important.
"I have so much knowledge."
"Clearly, I'm more gifted."
"I'm pretty damn humble."
"I love it... I'm the best."
"I'm so misunderstood."
"I... am fuck'n brilliant."
If we're not careful, we get stuck in our own head, getting high on pride & low on self-esteem.
Both lead to misery.
Belittling or undervaluing oneself; excessively modest.
"I'm incapable of selfless love."
"I really hate myself for that."
"I make so many mistakes."
"I'm bad at relationships."
"I have no talent."
"I... am fuck'n dumb."
"Living clearly and presently takes courage. Live with the tangible and real, even if it's uncomfortable. Be part of what is going on around you. Feast on it. Adjust for it. There's no one to perform for. There's just work to be done and lessons to be learned in all that is around us."
- Ryan Holiday
"A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about, but their own thoughts, so they lose touch with reality and live in a world of illusions."
- Alan Watts
Book: Ego Is The Enemy, By Ryan Holiday
"Thanks to your support, my last book was incredibly well received, it even unexpectedly found a strong footing with professional athletes. It couldn’t have happened without you. As I did last time, I wanted to reach out to you, my readers, for help and ideas in introducing this book to communities and potential audiences." - Ryan Holiday
Thank you for sharing your life experience with us, your readers. This book has influenced my life in great ways. Sincerely, Mike.
This book was gifted to me by Kiel Kennedy. Thank you for sharing it brotha - you are awesome.
Got butterflies in your stomach?
The flutter of activity you're feeling is caused by uncertainty and vulnerability. When we have butterflies, it means we're out of our comfort zone and challenging ourselves - challenging our senses & our emotions. This is a good thing. This a good spot to be in. It means we're about to grow as a human being. It means we're probably about to make some memories. So... cheers, to butterflies.
SourceConversation with Brian Regan, Comedian,
on "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee".