Today I remembered to Google information on some idea that I’d read about a few days ago.
(The idea? Not important as I don’t know enough about it to explain — hence Google — and I don’t even know if it will ever move past “idea”. But I will say that it’s a book, workout, product, person or service.)
What I found led to what you’re reading now.
The idea had a lot of feedback on it, mostly positive. A good 90-plus percent positive. With that much positive, there had to be some negative. I found that too, where the idea was labeled a “scam” and that it “didn’t work” and the people who pioneered the idea “weren’t qualified” to even be doing or sharing it.
I chuckled inside because I knew that these few negative comments would be all many people would need to write the whole thing off and stick to the status quo of doing nothing new.
Human beings are risk averse. It’s the fight-or-flight response ingrained in us from back when rustling leaves meant we might need to literally run for our lives. Life is much more safe now but that need for safety still lies within us. Which means…
- We would rather avoid losing than try winning. This is why people who have never tried anything will ridicule someone who tried and lost, as if stagnation is a victory.
- We only need one negative possible outcome, amongst hundreds of benefits, to use as a crutch and do nothing.
- When receiving compliments, we quickly put ourselves down verbally to put a damper on all the positive energy coming our way.
- When making a financial investment in bettering our lives, we often concern ourselves more with the money being spent than the value/benefit gained.
This is what I call Loser Consciousness. This is the permanent mindset a person sentences himself to when these fearful ideas of loss dominate our minds for long enough. Don’t think for a second that you’re immune just because you’re hearing this now: how old are you? You may have several years logged already.
But you can do something about it.