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Thursday, June 25, 2009

GO WEST: Deadly Mistaken Practices Smart People Make- Part II

Go West with Christine M. West, MS, CMHT

To summarize last month thoughts, I stated we reside in a fast touch and go world where social media, symbolic communication and environmental influences shape and model behavior. With that thought in mind, we are aware today of the frantic high speed in which we are moving at and which we are simultaneously inundated with an overwhelming amount of daily information. Everyone we surround ourselves with has a different opinion of how they experience the same information. All people want their opinions validated because it creates a strong sense of belonging and feeling heard. Yet this sense of belonging to an organization, group or a relationship may or may not create the heart-filled prosperous experience that each of us truly desires and deserves. Many are clueless on how to differentiate between what is accommodating and unaccommodating information to their core foundation and purpose. In essence, many sell themselves short from optimal professional and personal living because of FEAR and choose to live in a stagnated box of limitations.

Our nation’s economic status is the effect of a psychological phenomenon named FEAR. Fear affects how we do everything from working, living and playing. To be more specific, fear-based decision-making and behavior at an individual or organizational level will create health issues, increased stress, hesitation, procrastination, excuses, avoidance, failure, insecurity, sabotage, addiction, self-handicapping, unnecessary protection and defense, worry, anxiety, limitations and the surrendering of our Divine Universal power to love, negotiate, succeed, win, be healthy, be alive, be abundantly prosperous and the ability to move toward our core purpose and face obstacles with loving courage.

Life keeps moving and stops for no one. Take a moment to be honest with you. How much of your life are you avoiding and running away from? How many other people do you solicit on a daily basis to validate your excuses, your reasons for why you can’t, your worries, the pain of your past, the anxiety about your future, your failures, your search for someone else to make you happy or your denial of your own FEAR? Where do you stop short of your goals or your dreams? What are you refusing to let go of to live, love, work and play with relentless courage and meaningful purpose?

Psychological research has proven that 88% of people will sabotage their success and dreams because of believing no one will follow because of the FEAR of being lonely, lack of validation, being addicted to the current circumstances and fearing the unknown. Most people find it too risky to have nothing to complain about and being happy. Many believe life would be boring if they stopped the train of pain and started to eat from the fruit of their own heart. We need to accept and digest this hardcore fact that the fear of distress is actually worse than the distress itself. We all have a treasure inside of ourselves that is longing to be lived out.

I realized we all have generations of conditioning to work through. Facing each fear and obstacle to in order to obtain a dream takes true persistence and perseverance. It is easier to be among the living dead instead of awaking and living with a soulful presence and acting with courage. Yet to experience happiness and to manifest heart-filled wealth, each and every one of us is required to be brave enough to unlearn these fear-based strategies and learn to be courageous. When we have the courage to unconditionally love ourselves, we discover an intuitive heightened trust and faith in all that we do. We no longer need to be validated by anything other than the results we are receiving our life, our-self and our Divine Source. We are free to succeed and move toward our dreams with an enlightened power to live, work and play while acting out relentless loving courage.



Author: Christine M. West, TheBusinessMD, 2240 E. Tudor Rd. #976, Anchorage, Alaska, USA 99507. Phone 1-907-223-8403. Email:, Christine West is an industrial organizational psychology practitioner and is in private practice as TheBusinessMD which helps organizations and individuals overcome fear and explore the power of change. Ms. West is also a Featured Columnist for the National Networker

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