“We fear our highest possibilities. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments, under the perfect conditions, under conditions of greatest courage. We enjoy and even thrill to the Godlike possibilities we see in ourselves in such peak moments. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe and fear before these very same possibilities.” – Abraham Maslow
WTF? What’s going on here?
One likely reason for this phenomenon is what I see as a common form of WIlful Insanity: Clinging to your “right” to keep open “the option to feel helpless whenever I feel like it.”
Ok, so maybe not all of us are super-mindful or ultra-self-aware. Nonetheless, we all probably entertain at least some idea of what may potentially move us forward towards the things we want & our ideal selves. So what’s the problem then? What stands in our way?
Just the completely ridiculous emotional habit of struggling against our own ambitions, drives, principals & even common sense! All in order to “keep open” emotional “options” that we know have no real value for us anymore!
Yep, while we are clinging to “keep open options” that we often consciously disdain, we are at the same time avoiding & fearful of the options that have the potential to move us toward achieving the things & self we actually want. Crazy, eh? 🙂