Chasing Our Tail in Pursuit of Achievement
When we are focused on achievement, we often will find ourselves chasing our own tail. When we’re living with the goal of reaching that carrot, we can feel anxiety spreading inside of us. There is an unsettled, stressful feeling that we haven’t yet reached our goal. When we focus on a goal that becomes the carrot, it is easy to forget who we are at our core.
On this journey, we’ll most likely wake up one day and feel exhausted when we realize that we’ve been chasing something that has always been out of reach.
It happens to all of us—even Nikola Tesla, who shared, “Our first endeavors are purely instinctive prompting of an imagination vivid and undisciplined. As we grow older, reason asserts itself and we become more and more systematic and designing. But those early impulses, though not immediately productive, are of the greatest moment and may shape our very destinies.
Indeed, I feel now that had I understood and cultivated instead of suppressing them, I would have added substantial value to my bequest to the world. But not until I had attained manhood did I realize that I was an inventor.”
Some of us feel despair when we realize that some of our beliefs have jailed us. But this despair is a state of mind. We can free ourselves from our false beliefs when we address our limiting beliefs and societal conditioning.
Knowing what’s important to us helps us know who we are and who we are not when we are feeling overwhelmed and confused. It’s up to us to assess what is acceptable and unacceptable in our relationships, activities, career, environment, and conversations.
We can observe which of our inner thoughts, choices, actions, and feelings are healthy or unhealthy. Once we realize how many unhealthy people and situations we’ve allowed in our life, we might integrate this practice.
Have you spent a lifetime accepting unacceptable behavior from others as well as yourself?
Do you draw healthy boundaries, and can you see whether a situation is healthy for you or toxic?
It may surprise you how often you let unhealthy situations and people in your life. Breaking free is possible. Everything is imprinted by a story, experience, and energy.
This is why examining our beliefs and conditioning is so important for us to discover our own wonder. It may require us to spend time alone or make time to be still so we can recalibrate the navigation system within us to who we’re becoming