We’ve all heard that phrase a lot and perhaps it has applied to us at various times in our lives.
How is it possible that we can become our own worst enemy?
What’s wrong with becoming our own best advocate?
As I write this I am returning from Philadelphia where a good friend of mine is battling cancer. He has not only mastered the art of being his own best advocate but has advocated for others every day of his life.
Only speaking in positive terms about himself and his potential.
Not allowing negative thoughts or words to come out of his mouth or occupy his mind.
I witnessed it as he built a Dale Carnegie franchise through exemplary human relations.
I saw him set goals for himself that did not allow a negative thought. In other words, my friend would not waste his time contemplating failure – just stoking his own fires until he achieved success.
In fighting his illness, he will not talk of the possibility he may die and perhaps that’s why he has lived with cancer for 10 years and counting.
We cannot control what other people say or do to us.
But we can control what we say or do to ourselves.
So, for one day only, try to be your own best advocate – all day, all night, at work, at home. See how it feels.
Our worst enemy is accepting the negative thinking of others, not the positive potential that can reside in all of us.
Don’t be a victim of your own mind.
In the words of Roderick Thorp:
“We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.”