“You are always so positive!” — client
Oh boy, if only you knew.
I believe in positvity. I believe that focusing on positivity creates more of it.
I’m confident that counting your wins is crucial to creating momentum and winning long term.
Today I had three comments from three different people about how I’m so focused on the positives.
Only with ya’ll.
Here’s what I mean.
I have the same asshole internal voice that you have.
I talk to myself in the same deprecating tone that you do. I acknowledge my short comings first. I look at what I don’t do before I look at what I did do.
I focus on what I could have done better, even if I did something amazing.
I know the pitfalls of doing this. But I’m also just a man. I’m working on it, but I’m not there yet.
I study people and their emotions, thought patterns and behaviors. I study coaching. I understand this stuff.
But yet, I still talk to myself like an asshole.
Because of that, I know you do it too.
You don’t need me to tell you what you didn’t do, what you could have done better, or where you fell short.
You’re perfectly aware. In fact, it’s the first place your mind goes. It’s your default.
So I’m not saying it. I refuse.
I refuse to team up with that negative narrative already running through your head. I refuse to gang up on you, and I refuse to state the obvious.
Instead of that, I will shine the light on the area your minds spot light doesn’t cover.
It’s not that I’m pure positivity and light.
Oh, no no no. Not even close. I wish. But that’s not the case.
It’s as simple as this. I know what you’re going through. I know what you’re thinking and feeling as you battle through this personal growth.
I might be a couple steps further along on a similar journey, but I’m certainly not perfect. I possess no special abilities or super powers.
I understand the battle that takes place in your mind every moment of every day. I experience the same one.
It’s my hope that by shining the light on your greatness often enough that you will begin to do the same for yourself.
I may not embody positive vibes, rainbows and lollipops.
In fact, I wouldn’t want to. I’ve grown more from my losses than I have from my wins (check this out for more on that).
But if I can get you to see your own greatness, if even for a few minutes a week, I am going to do everything I can to do that.
And what is greatness if it’s not progress?
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