What were you thinking?


I sometimes want to say, “What were you thinking?”

Then again sometimes I do say it, and I say to myself, “Oh my God, did I say that out loud?”

I am prone to saying things out loud that I don’t mean to, because I spend so much time in my own company.

I have for a very long time been aware, at least for me, that the things that I think about, that is, the things that I put my attention on, and desire to have in my life, actually do manifest for me. I learned that the hard way actually by dwelling on the thing that I didn’t want. You know how when you worry about something so much that it makes you sick. Or, you are getting ready for a job interview and you’re thinking that you’re not going to get the job. You just know that the other applicants have something going for them that you don’t.

Fact is, they probably did, if you’re thinking that way. They’re probably going into the interview thinking the job is theirs. 

Do you see the difference?

I’ve already given the job away to someone else by thinking, “I’m not good enough!” So,  what can I do about that? How can I be more competitive in the interview? I can start at home before the interview ever gets started by looking in the mirror and seeing myself in a different light. I can see myself as successful. I can see the job as mine. I can look at myself and tell me, “I am the perfect person for this job.” I can see myself in a new light.

“Everyone else, get behind me! This job is mine!”

In the beginning, the mind tends to revert back to the old mode of lack or inferiority, but if we work on catching ourselves, we can change that negative thought and  put ourselves into a place of greater expectations. 

We each have a unique gift. Whatever it is we do, we do it a little bit differently than anyone else does it. That unique approach can be a blessing, if we see it in that light. Each one of us has a singular way of doing something. Once we move beyond the protection of our ego, which has a tendency to say “No” or “Don’t do it” to anything it considers risky, which is pretty much everything we might think o doing besides sitting on the couch watching TV, we move beyond the fear of failure, or in spite of the fear of failure, and realize that what was so far out of the box for us, was the right and best thing to do.

It’s funny, how when we get out of our own way, everything unfolds perfectly.

When we’re speaking of ego and moving boldly beyond it, Ralph Waldo Emerson calls it, “getting our bloated nothingness out of the way.” That’s how much our ego thinks of itself.

~jt starke
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