In 1967 an American psychologist named Martin Seligman started conducting some experiments into animal behaviour and came up with the apparent discovery of ‘Learned Helplessness‘.
Now, learned helplessness, in short, is the behavioural result of being exposed to an ‘inescapable’ pain for so long, that when an opportunity to escape it is presented, an animal will not go for it.
Let’s put it a different way.
Exchange ‘pain’ for ‘job’ and see what you come up with.
Does this sound like you? Do you hate your job, like 95% of other people? Have you had opportunities presented to you that could get you out of your job and give you a better existence than the one that you currently have?
Did you go for it? (and put your heart and soul into it… Truthfully?)
It may be a bit of a large pill to swallow, but do you think that you might be a victim of learned helplessness?
Let’s take a quick look at some of the common traits -
- Don’t believe you can do it
- Scared of failure
- Scared of success
- Worried about what others might think
- ‘Can’t afford it’
- Don’t want to get out of your comfort zone
- Success is for other people
- Aren’t deserving enough
I could go on, but I think you catch the drift…
Question is, where did all of this come from? Where is your proof that any of the above excuses are true? Who ever said that you could or couldn’t do anything and why do you believe them?
You know that inside of you is a fit, healthy, successful, admired, inspiring individual, but you have let your learned helplessness hold him/her back, why not let them come out and shine?
You have never been in a better time to take control of your destiny. Your J.O.B. doesn’t define you, in fact, if your one of the 95% it doesn’t even inspire you, so why on earth would it be the most important part of your week, every week?
I have a suggestion…
Light that fire inside of you, look at the stuff that you hate in your life and decide that you are going to eliminate it from your world. Get closer to the people who inspire you, and further away from those who sap your energy.
Become the person you know you are and say bollocks to all of the doubters.
Come and join us in building better lives for ourselves and for those around us
Vive la Resistance!
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'Not all who wander are lost'.
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