The demons within.

I read an article recently that talks about the enemy and demons we have inside our minds. “What can destroy our ambitions, our fortunes, our relationships—our lives? The enemies lurking inside us, the ones we face from within, the ones we’ve got to destroy before they destroy us.”

According to Jim Rohn, there are six emotional enemies we must defeat (accompanied by my own interpretation):

  1. Fear. This is a no brainer. Sometimes fear can be good, alerting us to proceed cautiously in dangerous situations and should not be ignored. However, most of the time the fears we have are irrelevant and more psychological, causing us to feel paralyzed and preventing us from taking the necessary actions to get ahead in life. Winning on a large scale requires you to walk on unknown territory. But if you allow fear to hold you back from pursuing your wildest dreams, you will never make it. Instead of avoiding our fears, we need to learn to face it head on. What’s the worst that can happen? Once you face your fears, you come bolder, stronger and more fearless. But if you don’t face your fears, they will eventually become your limits.

  2. Indifference. Some people are just apathetic slackers who are stricken with this mediocrity disease and have no interest in shaping their futures. They’re the type of people who don’t care which way their life flows, as long as it’s flowing and as long as they can do as little as possible. Such a sad and terrible infection of the mind!

  3. Indecision. Before I became self-employed, I’ll be honest – I was the most indecisive person, ever. In Jim Rohn’s words: “Indecision is the thief of opportunity and enterprise” which is terribly true. I’ve learned that strong leaders are those who make quick decisions and stick to them. Sometimes it’s about going with your instinct and following your gut – what’s best for the team? What’s best for your future? I believe there’s no such thing as a bad decision, because if it turned out that you made a terrible choice, then it becomes a lesson.

  4. Doubt. We all go through moments of self doubt. I remember when I first ventured into this business, not having a clue whether I had what it took, or whether I was good enough, or smart enough, etc. There’s a saying, doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. The idea is to acknowledge your doubts, but to go after what you want anyway. There’s enough people out there who already doubt you, you can’t be one of them. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will! So don’t be a little bitch – go after what you want and silence your doubts.

  5. Worry. So I’m super guilty of this. I’m an extreme worrier (not warrior, lol). I tend to come up with all types of scenarios in my mind – awful, terrible, downright frightening thoughts of what can go wrong. Sometimes we worry for no reason. It’s all in your head! Worrying is OK, to some extent. But train your mind to focus on what can go right, instead of worrying about what can go wrong.

  6. Timidity.I’ve never experienced timidity, but I can see how this is an emotional illness. You need to be aggressive and you need to fight for what you want. NOBODY wins by being timid. Your team won’t win if you’re a timid leader. Your family and kids won’t win if you’re a timid parent. Your friends and peers aren’t going to give you the respect that you deserve if you don’t demand it. Being tenacious and aggressive means not playing nice all the time. But what it boils down to is exerting the confidence and the determination to win. Nobody ever became successful by being timid!

Are you your own worst enemy?

To read Jim Rohn’s full article, click here.

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