If you let it – your negative mind can run you. And, what’s worse – your negative mind can link up with all the other negative minds out there and use them as proof that it’s right.
The negative mind has a purpose – to keep us safe. But, we can spend so much time dwelling on what’s wrong and what’s negative – that we forget all else.
To much safety is bad for the spirit.
All the thoughts of “I’m not good enough” and “I’m wrong or bad” or “this will never work out“ can overrun us.
Especially when we take risks with things that mean the most to us.
When we get vulnerable and put ourselves out there, boy oh boy, can the negative voices rise up.
It’s almost as if they tend to scream the loudest when you have the most on the line. The more vulnerable, the louder the inner critic and negative voice.
It’s there to keep us alive, but what’s living without being yourself out loud?
One of the hardest things for me to do is to really put myself out there, give something my all and put my whole heart into it and all the while I have these negative voices saying what they say.
And then when I put it out there, even if there is lots of amazing positive response, my negative mind latches onto the negative stuff of some of the few others – and then it screams “See, I told you so!”
But – that is not how we step into greatness. That is not how we make our lives mean something. That is now how we build a life of meaning and service.
I’ve learned it’s about honoring the negative voice and heeding it when you are in mortal danger – but otherwise thanking it and moving along.
Every time I’ve taken a big risk – those negative voices rear their head – but now I just thank them for sharing and move along. And when other people voice to me what my own negative mind says to me, instead of using it as a reason to prove my negativity right, I see it as an opportunity to believe in myself and my mission even more.
It’s hard. But it’s a lesson worth learning.
Today we started a pop-up Bag-all store in SEIBU Department Store, at the flagship
store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The pop-up will be open for two weeks, so if you are in Tokyo stop by and say hello!