10 Steps to Detect and Stop Secret Self-Sabotage
By Guy Finley
It's a little known - yet much denied fact - that people treat
you the way you secretly ask to be treated. Your unspoken request
that determines how others behave toward you is extended to -and
received by - everyone you meet.
What is your invisible inner life? It's the way you actually feel
- as opposed to the way you're trying to appear - when meeting
any person or event.
In other words, your invisible inner life is your real inner
condition. It's this state of internal affairs that communicates
with others long before any words are exchanged. These silent
signals from your inner self are what a person receives first
upon meeting you. The reading of them determines from that point
forward, the basis of your relationship. This unseen dialogue
that goes on behind the scenes whenever two people meet is
commonly understood as "sizing one another up." But here's the
point of this introduction.
We're often led to act against ourselves by an undetected
weakness that goes before us - trying to pass itself off to
others - as strength. This is secret self-sabotage. It sinks us
in our personal and business relationships as surely as a torpedo
wrecks the ship it strikes.
Any person you feel the need to control or dominate - so that he
or she will treat you as you "think" you should be treated will
always be in control of you and treat you accordingly. Why?
Because anyone from whom you want something, psychologically
speaking, is always in secret command of you.
It would never dawn on any person to want to be more powerful or
superior to someone else unless there was some psychic character
within him or her that secretly felt itself to be weaker or
lesser than that other individual.
Any action we take to appear strong before another person is
actually read by that person as a weakness. If you doubt this
finding, review the past interactions and results of your own
relationships. The general rule of thumb is that the more you
demand or crave the respect of others, the less likely you are to
So it makes no sense to try and change the way others treat you
by learning calculated behaviors or attitude techniques in order
to appear in charge. Stop trying to be strong. Instead, start
catching yourself about to act from weakness. Don't be too
surprised by this unusual instruction. A brief examination
reveals its wisdom. Following are ten examples of where you may
be secretly sabotaging yourself while wrongly assuming you're
strengthening your position with others.
1. Fawning before people to win their favor.
2. Expressing contrived concern for someone's well being.
3. Making small talk to smooth out the edges.
4. Hanging onto someone's every word.
5. Looking for someone's approval.
6. Asking if someone is angry with you.
7. Fishing for a kind word.
8. Trying to impress someone.
10. Explaining yourself to others.
The next time you feel yourself about to give into any of the
above behaviors, give yourself a quick and simple internal test.
This test will help you check for and cancel any undetected
weakness that's about to make you sabotage yourself.
Here's what to do: Run a pressure check.
Here's how: Come wide awake and run a quick inner scan within
yourself to see if that remark you're about to make, or the
answer you're about to give without having been asked for it, is
something you really want to do. Are you about to speak because
you're afraid of some as yet undisclosed consequence if you
Your awareness of any pressure building within you is proof that
it's some form of fear - and not you - that wants to do the
explaining, fawning, impressing, blabbing, or whatever the
self-sabotaging act the inner pressure is pushing you to commit.
Each time you feel this pressurized urge to give yourself away,
silently but solidly refuse to release this pressure by giving in
to its demands. It may help you to succeed sooner if you know
that fear has no voice unless it tricks you into giving it one.
So stay silent. Your conscious silence stops self-sabotage.
Special Summary: In any and every moment of your life, you are
either in command of yourself, or you are being commanded.
Excerpted from "Design Your Destiny" Guy Finley. Published by
-- Guy Finley, http://www.guyfinley.com
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