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  • Pat­rina M. Clark, SPHR, HCS, RACC
    Speaker | Trainer | Con­sul­tant | Coach
25 Feb

Doing Too Much?

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One of my girl­friends and I still laugh about some­thing that hap­pened at an Eric Benét con­cert at the leg­endary Birch­mere in Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia well over a year ago. More impor­tantly than giv­ing us a great laugh from time to time, I have found it to be of tremen­dous ben­e­fit when I need a lit­tle self-​confidence booster to “just do me.”

We were sit­ting front row with sev­eral other True Eric Benét fans (aka TrueEBs) hav­ing our­selves a great time – which is always the case. As we were leav­ing the venue, a woman approached my girl­friend and said “I saw you down front. Frankly, you were doing too much.”

And, while the young lady clearly intended it as a crit­i­cism, my girl­friend didn’t allow it to dampen her spir­its one bit. I can’t remem­ber what my girl­friend said exactly, but she smiled very gen­uinely and said some­thing like “Oh, really? Well, maybe you weren’t doing enough.” The woman smiled back and said, “Well, maybe you’ve got a point!”

Part of the rea­son I think I love this so much is because it reminds me to not be so sen­si­tive to crit­i­cism when I’m doing some­thing that I love. And, if I have to choose between doing too much or not doing enough, I’m going to err on the side of doing too much. To not do enough would be giv­ing away my power and let­ting some­one else define for me what is right behav­ior, right speech, right thought, … right anything.

I believe we each have an inter­nal voice or intu­ition that con­nects us directly to the insights, knowl­edge, and wis­dom we need to live our great­est pos­si­ble lives – ful­fill our wildest dreams and exist in a per­pet­ual state of bliss. Once we embrace the idea that we – and we alone – are respon­si­ble for the choices that we make – con­sciously and sub­con­sciously – we empower our­selves in a way that sup­ports our growth, our self-​trust, and our joy.

So, even if “pos­i­tiv­ity” isn’t really your thing, what do you have to lose by assum­ing more respon­si­bil­ity for your thoughts and actions and direct­ing a tiny few of them toward mak­ing the world just a lit­tle bet­ter place? And, who knows, in the process, you just might open your­self up to a wave of end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties that you’d never even con­sid­ered before.

I may be doing too much for some right now … and, I’m actu­ally really good with that because I’m just doing me. :)

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