Personal Development and Success Journaling

I’m not selfish and neither are you

I’m not selfish and neither are you

I want doesn’t get.

 

Did anyone ever say that to you when you were little?

 

In the context of teaching children manners – to say ‘I’d like to,’ instead of ‘I want,’ – it’s perfectly valid and well-intentioned.

 

But phrases like this – I want doesn’t get – settle into our brains and they stick, the surrounding context floating away with time.

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Stop feeling guilty for wanting to be successful

Stop feeling guilty for wanting to be successful

Me: I was sure I’d do more than this…

My brain: Really? Why? What’s so special about you, hmm?

Me: It’s not like that. I just mean, I pictured things turning out differently.

My brain: <snorts> You and the rest of the world, pet. Stop being silly. You already have a home, a family, a job. What more do you want?

Me: <mortified> I know, I know, and I’m so grateful, believe me, but…

My brain: Oh, there’s always a ‘but’, isn’t there? You self-indulgent, greedy…

 

OK, I think it’s time to stop that conversation there.  😉

 

But let me just say this, 

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