Welcome back to PTSOC. Today we will tackle one of the biggest problem, energy drainer and stress factor in America the Blame Game.
iPEC report shows that 80% of people are at level 1 or 2 energy which mean that most of the thoughts, emotions and actions are related to one of the following circumstances:
- Victim mode: at the effect of others
- Anger mode: fighting against others or oneself
Both paradigms lead to blame someone or ourselves for what happens or do not happen in our lives. The energy we expel at those levels is called catabolic energy and can be defined as contracting and draining energy.
When you play the Blame Game you disempower yourself and others and choose to create a problem out of a challenge instead of an opportunity. Problem and opportunity are the two faces of the same coins. Why did we choose in our modern society to make our lives harder by unconsciously electing to be a victim of our circumstances and/ or others? What lead us to collectively accept to make excuses for our failures and our unhappiness by blaming others or our circumstances?
There are two main reasons:
- our lack of self awareness
- when we become aware, the courage to take responsibility for our own destiny.
In order to assist you grow out of this mindset, in this episode we will first prepare the soil and explore what the common signs of the Blame Game are.
Then we will redefine what challenges are and how looking at them for what they are will enable you to make the best of it.
Each challenge we encounter in life or at work is an opportunity to confront our biggest fear, strengthen our character, learn new skills. When I am working with my clients, it’s obvious at first that they have no clue about their own behavior and many believe they are not players of this Blame Game and well aware if who they are. This is what human beings do, they think they are what they think they are. The truth is, human beings are who they are. A couple questions further in our session and my clients realize, ashamed, that they exhibited the behavior and even enable it in others. The Blame Game, like Pokemon Go became viral in the early 20th.
Some have also been playing the Blame Game with themselves which is even more disempowering.
Preparing the soil
First of all there is nothing to be ashamed of here, as we want you to leave this episode empowered. The first step, preparing the soil, is truly about creating awareness.
Time to identify if you or someone in your entourage has exhibited the behavior.
If you have ever used any of the following, you have been playing the Blame Game.
- I have not the career I want because ….
- I am not in a relationship because …..
- My children are ungrateful because …..
- My company has no consideration for me or others….
- I would have done it if ….
- I did not get my promotion because of….
- I have no money because of ….
Life happens and all have created so many excuses from those events. The truth is, that your mindset create your experience of life. The more aware, the more in charge you will feel. Awareness require some work, and not the one you offer to your employer, a more complex one that supports us to reach our fullest potential: courage.
From.a place of ownership and responsibility, we make choices and not excuses anymore. Does it mean we live in Lalaland, of course not!!
Let’s explore the steps to get to this place of choices where the Blame Game is over.
Fertilizing the ground
Now that you have acknowledged your participation in this scheme, how do you play smart and get out of your own way and meet a tribe of truly successful people?
Practice observation and notice the Blame Game at work around you.
*How much do you contribute to feed the beast?
*What are the keywords and patterns you notice ?
*Who in your entourage is contributing to nurture the pattern?
*Which percentage of the people you spend the most time with are Blamers?
*How does impact your energy, your happiness and your success?
By observing and journaling, you will create more and more awareness, the same way you see the brand new car you acquired at every stop light, you will now have your eyes wide opened on blame. New neuropaths will be created, you will become more alert so you can now choose how you want to response to any challenge: either creating a problem or an opportunity. We are not there yet, do not rush into this process, each step has its value and follows a sequence to anchor sustainably new behavior and mindset shift.
Planting the seed
Enable your brain to upgrade its thoughts and belief system. Like a computer, the brain will resist at first and bug at times until the upgraded belief system has finished and reboot your hardware. It might take a few days or weeks to happen depends on how well the thoughts have been engrained.
We prepared the soil, we fertilize the ground to ensure our seeds would grow.
Now it is time to plant those seeds if change.
We will use visualization to assist you planting this seed. For this exercise, it is best to be in front of a piece of paper with a pen and with your eyes closed. I know many of you might be driving, so if you do not have the material and no way to get out of traffic at this time, wait to be at your destination to replay this part. The exercise will last 3 to 4 min only.
All set? Ok. I would like you to take a deep breath and to softly close your eyes. Now imagine you are in the most beautiful place in the world. Experience the peaceful sounds around you, the sweet smell, the exquisite landscape. You are walking on a flowered path and while walking can see further ahead people gathered along a river. Those people looks happy, confident and they are smiling at you, welcoming you with their support. Now one of the person of the group is looking at you with love and ask you the following intriguing question:
*What would change if we quit blaming ourselves and others?
Open your eyes and without thinking take 2 minutes to write down your answer. Do not worry about wanting to have your thoughts to make sense. Simply focus on the raw download.
Go back to this beautiful and safe place and answer to the person in the most loving way you can.
The person smiles at you and look into your eyes.
*If blame did not exist, what else would we do?
*What would be a loving way of breaking the pattern when you notice it in yourself.