The Michael Scott Sabotage: How to Spoil Your Success LOA Style
You know I love real world examples to study the energy dynamics playing out in life’s manifestations.
Last night I saw something that many of us have done to the detriment of our success.
You saw it, too, if you’re a fan of The Office. (Which, even though it’s tv, it’s close enough to real life that it counts.)
Last night, Michael Scott didn’t realize he was being “set up” by Pam and Jim when Pam invited her girlfriend to join the office in an after hours gathering.
After smooth introductions and enjoyable conversation over a game of pool, Pam, Jim and said friend all agreed Michael was a hit. He was funny, relaxed – making a great impression. Pam’s girlfriend had only good things to say about him.
Everything was headed in the right direction!
Until Michael realized it was a setup. (He can be a little slow on the take.)
It dawned on him that he was on a date. With a pretty girl! Who seemed to like him!! The dream was within reach!
That’s when Michael lost his head.
He ran out to his car, took off his tie, put on a ridiculous hat (attempting to be cool and hip), and adopted an entirely new persona as he tried too hard to impress the girl he realized he had a chance with.
Of course it was all downhill from there.
(Downhill in a bad way. With that girl, anyway.)
I recognized this rookie move because I’ve done it myself.
I temporarily forget about the weight I’d like to drop, go about enjoying life, and then weight magically drops. (Of course when I’m not focused on it.)
Once I realize it, though, I pull a “Michael Scott” and get tense and anxious.
My mindset is akin to: “Something seems to be working; I’m on a roll; how can I leverage this momentum; what am I doing right that I can do more of”
… and poof! Just like that, the weight loss party’s over.
I’ve experienced it in career opportunities, too.
A great possibility shows up when I was least expecting it (although I journal for success, so it can’t be too big a surprise).
But then I’ll get a little kinked about not wanting to ruin the big chance; and it seemingly slips through my fingers while I’m watching.
To me, this is a lesson in staying loose, easy, relaxed.
Because working too hard at it can ruin our already unfolding success.
Anyone out there who can relate, or is it just me who holds the market on Michael Scott sabotage moves?
Let’s share our tried and true methods for avoiding this fate! How do you avoid spoiling success when you start to get attached to it?