“The ability to choose cannot be taken away or even given away – it can only be forgotten.” –Greg McKeown
We have all had moments of “helplessness” (or what I call being a prisoner) in our lives.
A feeling that no matter what we do, we are wasting time, effort and energy fighting against a force that will always get the better of us – an outside circumstance that will never give us the break we so desperately (think we) need and deserve so we can finally win a hand!
I’ve have absolutely been there myself, I wrote the book on it (literally, but we’ll save that for a conversation in the next couple of months) and struggled for nearly three decades with what I thought was a deeply-ingrained, molecular-level mutation.
Peter Parker got “spidey senses”, I got “hopeless, miserable, prisoner”.
Raw deal much?
It eventually lead me to ask:
Where does helplessness and being a prisoner of our circumstances actually come from?
Is it really hereditary?
Are we born with it?
It there something in the gene pool that gives us hazel eyes, brown hair and a “prisoner” complex?
And more importantly, if that’s the way we are seeing the world now, is there any hope for us going forward?
Earlier in my life I never asked these questions because I was so sure I knew the answer but in this short clip from my
Art of Self-Leadership Keynote and Training, I share a story about tethered elephants that rocked my world when I first heard it and reveal where this outlook on the world comes from.
Note that I said “outlook” because that’s all it is – not a part of your personality!
I also share the TRUTH about what Optimism is and where it actually comes from…
Hint: it has nothing to do with the human genome project!
Lots of love,
Jason “JG” Goldberg
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