Today we’ll discuss the last of the Big 4 energyblocks. If you’re not achieving what you want to, it’s most likely one of thesefour that’s keeping you stuck. In the past few blogs, we looked at limitingbeliefs - things that you accept about life, about yourself, about your world,or about the people in it, that limit you in some way; assumptions –expectations that, because something has happened in the past, it will happenagain; and interpretations – opinions and judgments that you create about anevent, situation, person, or experience and believe to be true.
It is now time to examine the last, but certainlynot the least, of the big four energy blocks. The final block we’ll talk about- the gremlin -is the most difficult to overcome, because it’s the mostpersonal and holds the most energy.
This barrier is the gremlin within every one of us:the inner critic. You know that little voice in your head? That voice thattells you not to try, never to take a risk, always to take the safe road, andto compromise your life by playing small? That’s your gremlin, and the messagefrom your gremlin’s warnings is that you’re just not good enough to reach thesummit of success.
Regardless of any evidence to the contrary, thegremlin’s annoying voice continues to whisper: “It ain’t gonna happen.” Thisdebilitating message bubbles up in many forms: “I’m not smart enough,experienced enough, and attractive enough.” It all comes back to a simple andquite vicious block: “I’m just not good enough to cut it.”
Your gremlin is highly personal. It is rooteddeeply inside you and carries the most intense emotional charge of any of theblocks we’ve explored. Your gremlin thrives on fear. When you hear itswhispers, your motivation to try withers. You dread failing, feeling pain, andbeing embarrassed. You can even be scared of succeeding if the gremlinconvinces you that you’ll fail eventually.
So what are some typical gremlins statements? Doyou hear any of these statements from your own inner critic?
I’m not effective.
Who am I kidding, here?
I’m not smart enough to really do this job right.
I don’t have enough experience.
I don’t deserve great success.
They are going to find out I am a phony.
Being aware of your gremlin is the first steptowards lessening its power. Once you realize that your gremlin exists, give itan identity. Name it – and then, if you’d like, make it even more real bydrawing it, sculpting it, or seeing it in your mind – whatever works for you.In doing this, you discover that the gremlin is only a part of who you are, notyour whole identity. By seeing it in objective terms, you sap some of itsstrength. Gremlin work can be quite involved and is most effective when you areguided by a certified coach.
The Big 4 hold you back from living the life you desireand prevent you from making conscious choices. The Energy Leadership processwill allow you to examine the energy blocks in your own life that are holdingyou back from reaching your unlimited potential. If you’d like more of anexplanation of Energy Leadership coaching, read Bruce D Schneider’s bestsellingbook, Energy Leadership, or visitwww.energyleadership.com