Being in relationship with: Consciousness
Do you find yourself overpowered by the same negative thought-patterns or overpowering emotions, that hijack your mojo in your life and work? They´re called many things – inner saboteurs being one. Shirzad Chamine of Positive Intelligence writes: “Saboteurs are the negative thought habits and patterns that live deep in your unconscious and derail your performance and happiness.”
Take heart, we all have them in varying degrees! However, they can be quite dominant, overpowering, sneaky and surprisingly persistent. Ask me, I know them well! My inner saboteurs, at their loudest, deprive me of feeling good about my life, and somehow this is good to have out in the open – so I can change the power they have over my performance and life.
Would you like an overview over what yours look like, how your saboteurs show up in your life? This week, one of my coaches, he eminent Tina Brigley, of HPC, (yes, I have several!) had us assess our saboteurs through the self-assessment test from positive intelligence (love the name). I scored on all of them, and my most active saboteurs are the hyper-vigilant, stickler, avoidant, hyper-achiever, and victim.
The first step is getting your pulse back to normal after your assessment. The second is reading about the saboteur-ensemble, get to know them some more, and recognize what power they have over your life. Third, it is you realizing that you merely have listened to the WRONG voice inside that wonderful brain of yours, the one from your conditioning.
The practice of listening to the RIGHT voice however, your Inner Sage, can be your choice of the day instead of believing the saboteurs! This is going to take your attention for some time most likely, if you have scores above 7 – like me. But so what, you give your attention to a lot of things everyday anyway, why not let the voice of your Inner Sage rule your day instead?
Over half a million people have taken the self-assessment test; will you?
The saboteur-report is cool too; the language of positive intelligence feels really good – no top-down, no wrongness, no pathology language – just – well, positive intelligence! I feel that everything I have worked on changing, tweaking, and practicing is being brought up a notch, and tweaked incrementally through working with this tool.
Positive Intelligence has solid science behind it too; it is based on a synthesis of the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science. Thank you @Shirzad Chamine, for your world work!
For the brave: will you share your scores with me below? Let´s get the saboteurs out in the open, talk about them, shine light on them! I am Norwegian, and our folklore says that when the sun shines on the trolls, they burst!