Aug 26, 2014
SHOW NOTES: In our JOYFUL ART OF BUSINESS™ series we explore how to combine the positive benefits of our professional endeavors (“business”) with the overall positive emotional return on our efforts (“joy”). The act of engaging in professional endeavors, in any capacity (i.e., as an employee, employer, entrepreneur, contractor, volunteer, paid, full time, part time, intermittently, etc.) is an expression of our ideas and creative talents (“art”). All of this is in furtherance of our mission to surpass our goals! Our episode today is, “Each Time That You Treat Yourself Badly, Your Enemies Rejoice. So, STOP. ”
We hurt. We hurt ourselves. Our enemies rejoice. Wait! What?
Someone tells me, “You are an idiot.” I know that person is not a part of my community of caring (as those people all pass the test that ‘my happiness is their happiness’). So, this person who caused me to be unhappy (by calling me an idiot) does not care about me at this time. I choose to think to myself, “It is true. I am an idiot. I am also ugly.” Then, I deliberately do not plan ahead for my work project (because I am focused on being an ugly idiot). My work product is therefore not to the best of my ability (it is late, poor quality, etc.). Now, those who intend to cause me harm (aka enemies) are very happy (and rejoicing).
Enemies wanted to cause me harm and they surpassed their goal:
1) They called me an idiot.
2) I chose to believe them. I called myself an idiot (and added extra insults about being ugly).
3) I intentionally chose to sabotage my work product.
4) My poor quality work product resulted in being denied an opportunity for a promotion.
My enemy is ecstatic! They only took one action to cause me harm (calling me an idiot) but then I voluntarily took at least three more actions on my own to cause myself more harm.
I did my enemies’ work for them! The question is, why? [...]
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