“It is your right and responsibility to enact your own internal revolution, a private uprising inside your mind that self-sabotage, fear of success, or any negative resistance force will ever stop you from achieving your goals.” – Gary Ryan Blair
The following is a short list of goals and resolutions in no particular order that (for most people) will never get achieved in 2017…2018…nor 2019 and beyond.
Allow me to provide the list first…and the reason why immediately after.
1. Getting in great physical shape through a diet and exercise regimen.
2. Launching a business or initiative whose aim is to take control of your destiny.
3. The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art.
4. Any program of spiritual enlightenment to obtain greater peace of mind.
5. The learning of a new language or hobby so as to expand your horizons.
6. Any course designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction.
7. Education of any kind that would provide greater career options.
8. Any act of political, moral, or ethical courage.
9. The decision to change some unhealthy pattern of thought or conduct in ourselves.
10. The taking of any principled stand in the face of adversity.
11. Any act that entails commitment of the heart, time and money.
12. Becoming debt free and financially secure.
Why is it that these goals or resolutions will get very little traction in the New Year?
How is it even remotely possible that most people will barely make a dent on any of their goals or resolutions in 2017?
The answer: Self-Sabotage
Self sabotage is a state of mind which damages your belief in yourself and your abilities to achieve that which you want to achieve.
Self-sabotage is the thing that is holding you back from doing what you know you need to be doing.
While it can’t be seen, touched, heard or even smelled…the extraordinary thing about self-sabotage is that it makes its presence felt. It manifests itself in your body and your mind, and goes to work like an angry jackhammer…pounding hard and loud.
What does self-sabotage feel like? It begins with sadness, stress and distress. We feel like an imposter…someone who is unworthy of success and we begin to act in ways that work to repel success.
It pervades everything…how we think, talk, walk and even our posture and facial expression is impacted by it. We feel unloved and begin to act in self-destructive ways…in effect, we seize failure from the jaws of victory.
Self-sabotage is negative energy. It has no redeeming value. It exists to debilitate not liberate talent. It’s goal is to take you off course…and keep you there.
Self-sabotage is self-generated, self-perpetuated and hell bent on your self-destruction.
Self-sabotage does not play to wound, it plays to kill. It places a bulls eye on whatever you want to be, have and do and aggressively works to kill your hopes, dreams and fondest desires.
To beat self-sabotage…be prepared for war as it understands nothing but brute strength and it will not give in without one hell of a fight.
Self-sabotage is as dumb as it is forceful. It leaves clues and has a working game plan which can be broken down, picked apart and overcome.
There are four self-defeating elements that disrupt our abilities to fully pursue our goals. Everybody has these characteristics. The extent to which they result in self-sabotage and interfere with our abilities is only a matter of degree.
1. Negative Self-Talk
Think about what happens when you begin to even consider working on a new project or goal, when you simply get the whiff of any idea that lies the slightest bit outside your comfort zone.
As if operating on automatic pilot…self-sabotage immediately goes to work. It waste no time in weaseling its way into your head…planting seeds of doubt, uncertainty, and fear.
And like a knee jerk response, you immediately begin to focus on the negative over the positive, on what’s bad instead of what’s good, on the reasons why you can’t rather than why you can.
If you want to win the battle of self-sabotage…the only way is through it. That small voice telling you that you’re not good enough, smart enough or unworthy of success is a liar…a no good rotten scoundrel that must be met and overcome by a strong, healthy mind and powerful will.
Your beliefs, thoughts and reactions are the things that you’re in complete control of…which is to say, you are always working from a position of strength. You just have to convince yourself of that.
2. Avoidance Behavior
There are some types of behaviors which tend to increase and empower self-sabotage. One of the most common of these is procrastination.
We all know this malevolent friend which tells us of the extensive list of better things we can choose to do in the moment instead of work on what’s most important.
Procrastination is a type of avoidance. By making excuses or by doing something else, you are actually avoiding the priority activity which would lead you to the goal. Avoidance behaviors are at the root of most fears and anxieties.
Overcoming the gravitational pull of avoidance behavior is not easy…but it can be done and must be done if you have any intention of making your mark on the world.
Be mindful that procrastination, like any form of avoidance behavior is a choice, and to fully appreciate the value of that statement…you must understand the purpose of making a choice.
Every choice you make regardless of size must have a purpose… which is to advance you north in the direction of your goals.
Every choice counts—there are no insignificant choices, no neutral actions. Therefore overrule the voices in your head by choosing to engage in proactive behavior. By doing so, you will overcome the devastating impact of self-sabotage.
3. Focusing Issues
Self-sabotage is a devious little monster that loves to impede your focus. It thoroughly enjoys manipulating and distracting you with unnecessary and irrelevant low level activity.
You cannot afford to give self-sabotage the upper hand, nor can you afford to devalue your talents and reputation by having a focus deficit.
Without a long sustained focus…you place a death sentence on your goals, and you’ll eventually wind up on the endangered species list. That’s how this bastard works.
Self-sabotage or resistance in any way hates focus for the simple reason that it knows it’s losing the fight.
Focus is the ultimate power move, as the primary objective of having focus is to dominate your market, to intimidate weaker competitors…to scare the crap out of fear, and to fast track your goals.
Focus is the big stick that allows you to give your life and your goals the time, care and attention they deserve.
4. Decreased Energy and Motivation
Decreased energy and motivation is the end result of negative self-talk, avoidance behavior and focusing issues. They grind on you and work to wear your down.
Here’s a good rule to remember especially as you begin to think of your goals for the New Year.
While self-sabotage is always lurking nearby….the danger is greatest at the beginning and near the finish line.
At the beginning…the tactics of self-sabotage are little more than the whispering of a few words of doubt.
A simple BOO…is all it takes to get most people to give up on their goals, throw in the towel and surrender to self-doubt. It’s sad, but true.
And, when the finish line is near…when the last 10% is in sight…that’s when self-sabotage goes into full assault mode because it knows you have it on the ropes.
When self-sabotage knows you’re about to beat it…it hits the panic button. It marshals a few more psychological assaults, lobs a few more grenades, gives you an unexpected and costly obstacle or setback…it launches one last assault and slams you with everything it’s got.
You must be alert for this counterattack. You must be wary at the end. You must strengthen your resolve. You must ENFORCE YOUR WILL over this mother of a resistance force and grab that brass ring with both hands.
You must be mindful that self-sabotage is real, it plays for keeps and that you cannot underestimate the strength and intent of this powerful resistance force.
Therefore, if you’re ever going to find your greatness, if you’re ever going to make your mark on the world…you must decide that what you want is BIGGER and far more important than the resistance force which prevents you from achieving it.
Self-sabotage is an engine of destruction and it understands nothing but brute force. And, to overcome the ugly, unsportsmanlike conduct of self-sabotage you must deploy a strong, relentless offense.
You must develop an indomitable spirit, an unbreakable will, a relentless resolve to rise above the dirty tricks and diabolical mind games of self-sabotage.
You must choose to put self-sabotage behind you—to stare it in the eye, walk straight through it and advance towards your goals with confidence, conviction, and certainty.
That’s why you’re going to love the 100 Day Challenge…as it contains the world’s best execution framework for fast tracking your goals and giving self-sabotage the beat down it deserves.
The 100 Day Challenge is a hardcore, fast-paced performance acceleration program. It’s mission is simple…to advance your position…to score goals…to put points on the board…to beat any resistance force…to make 2017 the best year of your life.
Shall we dance?
Gary Ryan Blair
P.S. If resistance and self-sabotage couldn’t be beaten, there would be no Eiffel Tower, no man on the Moon, no Mona Lisa. We’re wrong if we think we’re the only ones struggling with resistance and self-sabotage issues. Everyone deals with it throughout their lives.
Confronting and overcoming self-sabotage is just one of the key strategies you’ll learn in the 100 Day Challenge. Enrollment opens in just a few days and to prepare you for starting 2017 fast, focused and fired up…be sure to download and implement this game plan.
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