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A motivational speaker held up a $20 bill and asked the audience “who wants this money?” She asked the audience with increasing volume of prompting: “who really wants this money?” I really wanted the money.
So, what did I do?
I sat there. I just sat there.
Instead, someone else ran up and took the money.
I was envious of both the motivational speaker AND the person who had the chutzpah to run up to the front to grab the bill. I’ve been green with envy many times. I’ve come to learn, though, that envy is just another word for nothing left to lose, to paraphrase Janis Joplin.
Staying stuck in envy is a wheel-spinning activity. A close cousin to worry, envy keeps you fixated on what’s right in front of you without any effort from you to take what you desire.
That activity was pivotal for me. Well, that’s why I went to see her, after all, was to get motivated.
Her point was that no one is going to hand you anything, but if you want something you are going to have to get out of your seat and get it yourself.
I’ve been getting out of my seat and working for want I want since then.
Who do you envy? Your answers will help you define your goals. You can go here, if you want to learn more about achieving goals.
But what if you’re on the other side of the envy and receiving a lot of hate?
Achieving your personal ambitions puts you at risk of leaving other people behind. Some people can’t seem to get over that hump and they never live the full life they dream about. Other people achieve greatness and forget about the shoulders they stood on which gave them a step up.
I can understand that latter category. People who do nothing but envy can put out a lot of negative energy. I did at one time. But there are some mindsets you can develop to buffer yourself from others envy.
In Maranda Pleasant’s Mantra Wellness (spring 2018 issue) is a short how-to guide to “learn to roll with the punches.” Here’s my version of the article’s suggestions:
- Learn to soft belly breathe to calm yourself from other’s negativity and envy.
- Others criticisms and feedback might be your best guide in learning what aspects of yourself need healing.
- Learn to roll with the punches or toughen your skin. When you put yourself out there, people are going to grumble under their breath, talk behind your back and troll your social media.
- Conflict is spiritual. You don’t think the disciples ever bickered? Read up on your spiritual saints and gurus and you will learn a lot about how conflict can develop consciousness.
- Speaking your mind can get you hated, especially if you put yourself in front of an audience who doesn’t agree with EVERYTHING you say. Unless you are building an audience of clones of yourself, SOMEONE SOMEWHERE is going to disagree with SOMETHING you say.
- Keep yourself grounded by surrounding yourself with those who, too, are getting out of their seat and going for what they want.
- If you can’t take all the negativity anymore, then hire a therapist or a confidential confidant with whom you can process how it’s affecting you. As a person with a platform, it’s a misuse of power to use it to get back at people who are filled with envy and don’t have all of what you’ve worked for. Take the high road EVERY SINGLE TIME, PLEASE.
- And if you fall off that high road, use it as an opportunity to build, rather than burn, a bridge by humbly making amends.
Now, who REALLY wants that twenty-dollar bill?