Benefits: Discover who your greatest enemy is and gain an understanding of them.
So That You Can: Use this knowledge to redefine who “you” are.
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The Simplest Way to Conquer Your Greatest Enemy
You already know who your greatest enemy is, right? You’ve heard this line before. Yes, it’s you; you are your greatest enemy. What can I say? Search engines like cliche headlines. (Don’t hate the player; hate the game 😂.)
But seriously, who is this “you”? Why are “you” your greatest enemy? Why would you want to conquer yourself? And how the heck would you go about doing it?
Stick with me, and I’ll attempt to answer all of these questions. Then, after we answer these questions, you can begin to redefine who “you” are. Sounds pretty complicated, right?
Actually, it’s very simple. Notice I didn’t say easy. It’s going to be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do in your life, but it is simple.
Now that you’re intrigued, and maybe a bit suspicious, let’s get into it.
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Who’s This Enemy “You”
Who you believe “you” are will depend on your religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, but there’s one thing that we can agree on. We all have an inner voice, maybe even multiple inner voices, and one of those voices is your enemy.
The enemy voice that I’m referring to goes by a name you might recognize — Ego. Actually, to call Ego your enemy is a bit unfair. She’s really not so bad. She means well, and perhaps she’s just a bit misunderstood. (My Ego is a she, so we’re going to stick with that pronoun for simplicity’s sake.)
That may be the first step toward conquering Ego — understanding her. Then again, maybe we don’t want to conquer her; maybe we just want to learn to work with her toward a common goal. More on that later.
Meet Your Ego
You can think of your ego as your intellectual, logical voice. Your voice of reason. The voice that plans, predicts, and keeps you on the straight and narrow so you don’t get hurt.
However, all of this planning and predicting can turn Ego into a negative, anxious, stressed-out voice. In this state, Ego will start telling you that you aren’t good enough or that you don’t have enough.
On top of that, Ego does her very best to make sure you remember who you are supposed to be and what you are supposed to do. Because of this, some psychologists theorize that Ego is directly responsible for your mental health. Clinical psychologist, Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., defines Ego as:
. . . the self-consciousness system. The self-consciousness system is the narrating portion of human consciousness that reflects on one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions and inhibits or legitimizes them to one’s self and to others. In this sense, ego is very similar to what is meant by the term identity . . .
Ego thinks she’s in charge of your identity, and she takes this responsibility very seriously. She’s there if you start forgetting who you’re supposed to be and will step in to say, “Who do you think you are? Get back in your place!”
Yes, Ego’s a Helicopter Mom
Ego Creates Your Expectations
Let’s Get to the Specifics
Like I Said, It’s Not Going to Be Easy
Let’s Summarize a Bit Here
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How to tell the difference between your ego and your intuition, posted to YouTube by GabrielleBernstein on 1.26.14
Creating From Presence Instead Of Ego | Conscious Manifestation, posted to YouTube by Eckhart Tolle on 9.12.19
Ambition – Aspects of the Ego – Wayne Dyer, posted to YouTube by Spiritual Mind on 4.24.19
WHAT IS THE EGO’S PURPOSE?, posted to YouTube by Mark Haughton on 2.16.19
The Elements of Ego Functioning, Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., Psychology Today, 6.27.13
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