In this series, we’re exploring the five biggest causes of failure that are holding people back. In case you need to catch up, here is the 2nd Deadliest Cause.
And now today we look at the #1 Deadliest Cause of Failure. But first, the breaking news…
This started as a series of five blog posts, but has consumed my life for the last two weeks, and evolved more into a manifesto for personal growth and development. And now that we’ve reached the number one cause, there is so much I want to share with you! So much about how this cause comes about, why it is so debilitating, and what you can do to fix it. So rather than make today’s post longer than a surfboard, I’m going to chunk it down into a few. Now that that is out of the way, let’s explore the deadliest cause of failure…
If you’ve read many of my books, this will be no surprise to you. It’s the number one issue I see again and again, as I coach and consult with people. Here’s the actual, scenario playing out around the world…
Literally a couple billion with a ‘B’ people are living their lives with a conscious desire to become more wealthy and successful. But they have subconscious negative programming that is causing them to short-circuit and self-sabotage their own success.
And if you know anything about the power of the subconscious – you know that in any conflict between the conscious and subconscious mind, the subconscious always wins.
No contest. Not. Even. Close.
I could write a whole book about this process. (Oh actually, I already did.) But let’s explore the “Cliff Notes” version…
There are millions of memes circulating around the world. Memes are not pictures on social media; the term was highjacked. An actual meme is a mind virus. Just like the manner a virus that can infect your hard drive, these memes infect your mind. They’re highly contagious and self-replicating, because they parasitize and infect the host (you).
Some memes are innocent enough or even positive. Examples would be a beguiling slogan like “Just Do It,” or a catchy tune like "I Gotta Feeling" from The Black Eyed Peas.
Most of the memes floating around the globe today are not so innocent...
They create and/or reinforce negative, limiting beliefs that are not in your highest good. And a huge proportion of of the most powerful and prevalent mind viruses in the world today revolve around money and success. These include:
When you’re exposed to negative programming like this, the danger is that they can influences your core, foundational beliefs. The way you look at yourself and the world.
And that impacts every decision you make.
So how exactly do these dangerous memes get adopted into your subconscious mind and influence your life? There are three major sources of contagion. (Plus a fourth that I will sneak in later.) And these are some of the most pervasive, invasive, powerful institutions in your world.
Let’s do a brief run through of why three seemingly beneficial institutions would actually be working against your interests.
One of the most important prosperity lessons every society must learn is that governments don’t really create prosperity. In fact, they usually squander or obstruct it. Why? It’s all about power. Governments need you to need them, or they lose their power over you. They create a need, fuel it with entitlement mentality, and then you are a dependent victim beholden to them.
If you want a TV show, movie, book, play or opera to be a smash hit, it’s pretty simple. And the same is true for Facebook, Instagram or blog posts. Pander to a strong meme like money is bad, rich people are evil, or you have to sell your soul to be successful. People gobble that up, because it makes them feel good about their lives of quiet desperation. And you’re getting this programming 24/7, 365 days a year.
A lot of the world’s organized religions are set up as cosmic frequent flier programs. If you collect enough points, you win the free trip to paradise. Whether we look at the Christian concept of original sin, the Buddhist 8-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of karma, the Jewish Covenant, or the Muslim Code of Law, they all are set up with the basic presupposition that you are a flawed being who needs salvation. Translate that to a core belief and that belief is YOU ARE NOT WORTHY.
Here’s the really ironic thing in all three of these categories…
The vast majority of the people involved do not want to harm you. They probably want to help you.
Most of the people who enter politics do so from good intentions initially. Then they lose perspective and principle, and defeating the other party becomes the overriding motive for everything they do.
The people writing all these books, TV shows, movies, operas and play with poverty consciousness aren’t doing so intentionally. They are infected with the memes and replicating them without even realizing it.
The majority of religious leaders begin wanting to help humanity. Unfortunately there are thousands of years of negative, dysfunctional beliefs already baked into the cake of those religions, before they even begin.
So here is where we have ended up – and why odds are very high that you have worthiness issues and are sabotaging your own prosperity:
For the first time in human history – we evolve more from the selection of adaptive ideas than biological hereditary traits. Meaning, we do more because of mind viruses than DNA. A few years worth or programming is overriding thousands of years of evolutionary development.
Meantime, outside of the top three, there is a fourth source of unworthiness issues, trying to crack the list…
It is not an institution like the big three categories above, but it is just as insidious. I am coming across this more and more frequently. And that source is being the victim of abuse, particularly in your younger years. Not to belittle abuse you receive as an adult. Horrific is horrific. But I think if you are the victim of physical, sexual or mental abuse as an adult you have a little bit better chance of coping with it.
Imagine if you’re a 7-year-old girl and a victim of incest from your father. Being eleven and getting beaten and mentally abused, being told you brought it upon yourself. Think what these do to your self-esteem. Just discovering you were adopted could trigger all kinds of self-doubts about worthiness
So now let’s multiply the cumulative effect of the programming from government, the datasphere, organized religion and perhaps being the victim of abuse or assault. Where does that take us?
Back where we began. Literally billions of people are consciously working for more prosperity, but are subconsciously self-sabotaging their results – because they have underlying issues of worthiness.
And when I say “billions of people,” I am probably talking about you. So that seems like a logical point to pick up on the next post. We’ll look at how core beliefs you develop can cause you to self-sabotage.
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