by GSCA Member, Jackie Simmons

(See prior articles/chapters here)

It happened again . . . my to-do list multiplied while I slept.

Has that ever happened to you?

Chapter Four: The Truth About Self-Sabotage

What does self-sabotage look like to you?

What are the actions that you’re taking or not taking when you’re in self-sabotage mode?

Can you recognize the habits of thought or the emotions behind the actions?

My early entrepreneurial years, self-sabotaging looked like oversleeping and under-prepping.

In my later years, self-sabotage looked like over-drinking and under-delivering.

Both of which created chaos in my bank account and caused my self-esteem to plummet leading to even more of the same behaviors. Which in turn led to even fewer successful offers… you can see where this is leading.

The worst part: the second bout of self-sabotage wasn’t my fault. The economy was tanking and the word recession was bandied about in the media as if labeling the situation made it somehow less devastating.

​​The societal wave of despair gathered momentum and I was caught up in its wake.

One morning it hit me: my “self-sabotage” was being culturally induced.

Turning the tide on self-sabotage became my passion and then my obsession. I started to recognize the signs, symptoms, and behaviors that predicted a personal economic downturn.

I began to separate my money story from “the economy” and observed that old habits return until the brain is rewired.

Are you ready to rewire your brain and take back control of your story?

Here’s what I discovered: once you know you’re dealing with self-sabotage, you can either:

Attempt to deconstruct the emotions and get to the root cause of the self-sabotage so that you can wrestle it into submission. a.k.a.: permanently resolve it.

OR

Rewire your brain’s neural network by asking yourself a single question.

Which choice seems like the smarter choice?

Here’s a hint: both work and both produce radical behavioral changes quickly.

AND if you’re not familiar with conscious transformational mindset work, I highly recommend getting a coach or mentor who is. I believe that the journey to free yourself from self-sabotage moves faster when you have a guide.

We’ll be discussing more about finding and creating healthy cultures to support your new mindset in later chapters.

In the meantime, here’s my self-sabotage-ending challenge question. You don’t need to answer it, just consider it.

Am I playing a big enough game or am I screwing it up just to have something to do?

Take your time with this one and thank you for being you and doing what you do.

Always remember: What you do is important and who you are is amazing!

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