Good morning believe nation!
Today we’re going to talk about how to deal with jealousy.
As always guys as you’re watching the clips if you hear somebody say something that really resonates with you, please leave it in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well. Also when you write it down it’s much more likely to stick with yourself too. Enjoy.
Narrator: It’s that knot in your stomach that mix of fear and anxiety that materializes when you feel threatened by someone prettier than you, smarter than you, it can cause you to do some pretty stupid, sit-com level stuff just to regain control, things that usually hurt other people too.
You’re probably familiar with this feeling it’s what Shakespeare called the green-eyed monster today, we’re talking about jealousy.
Here’s the thing kids, jealousy is a distinctly first person emotion. It almost always comes from a place of insecurity which you ultimately project on others.
The bottom line, jealousy isn’t about the other person it’s about you.
Jealousy tends to come with a specific set of blinders and the more jealous we are the less able we are to, let’s say, empathize with others.
For example, a study conducted by the researchers at the University of Delaware found that jealous people were more easily distracted and less able to perform simple memory games. So let’s try to figure out how to get your jealousy issues under control.
Remember Your Strength
You know if you’re coming from a place that fear of inadequacy, thinking someone’s going to leave you, it often comes from a place of you’re not giving yourself credit. You know you do good things, but you don’t feel and integrate those into your identity so that you become a stronger, happier, healthier adult.
A lot of people, they’re actually pretty extraordinary people, but they don’t feel extraordinary, because all those extraordinary things that happen they never integrate it. Someone gives them a compliment, they’re like yeah yeah yeah whatever, and they can’t hear it, it doesn’t penetrate into their identity where they start going, you know what, I’m alright, I am good, I can be confident now, I’ve achieved enough, I’ve come far enough, I’ve survived enough.
“Start feeling stronger about yourself you stop worrying about other people.” – Brendon Burchard
It’s about giving yourself credit and remembering your strengths. You’ve come through such difficult things in your life that you’re stronger than you know.
So why is that so important?
Because you know what, if they do leave ya, you’ll be fine, and that is the hardest thing to believe when you have this fear of jealousy. They’re going to leave, and I might be wrecked.
You won’t be wrecked, you’ve survived a lot in the past, someone’s probably already left you in your life not to be a blamer or making fun of you it’s just true right? Lots of people have walked out on me, lots of people have left me, I’ve had lots of breakups in my life, that happens, and I’m still here. I’m still surviving. I’m still a pretty annoyingly happy dude, right?
You can be happy with or without anybody or anything. You don’t need more wealth, you don’t need more people, you don’t a higher career, you don’t need anything.
You can choose in this moment to feel grateful and blessed.
You can choose to focus your attention on things that you appreciate, to take in the good again, and if you start taking in those good things that you hear about yourself if you start taking in those good wins those small daily actions that you did, when you hit that goal, when you got that project done, when you did what you were supposed to do, when you said something nice, and start feeling stronger about yourself you stop worrying about other people.
And you can start to say, you know what, with or without somebody, I’m fine. ‘Cause you know what that makes you?
Turn Envy Into Action
Turn envy into action. So envy can be inspiring and instructive. If you’re envious of someone’s results just let that fuel you ahead. The fact that they did it means that it can be done and that you can do it too. So just give them a high-five and a soul shake.
Second, realize that envy is often a clue that there’s something latent in you that needs to be expressed. So let that envy trigger you in a beautiful way let it guide you to where you need to take some more action in your own life. So next time that you’re feeling some envy don’t feel embarrassed, just remember this tweetable: “Don’t hide your envy, ride your envy “from ‘she has what I want’ to “‘I’ll have what she’s having’.”
Look Under The Hood
So what’s the ultimate solution to dealing with jealousy?
The solution is to turn within. This is not a problem that gets solved externally, you’re not going to win the jealousy game by going out there and actually defeating that person or that thing or getting one up on them.
What you need to do is you need to actually state, Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, this is an internal ego struggle that I’m dealing with and I just got to turn inwards and look inside me to see what’s really going on with my self-image, my self-esteem, my views on reality, my beliefs about myself and other people.
That’s where the results happen, so don’t get tricked by your ego into thinking that this is an external problem, it’s not an external problem at all. You have to also convince yourself that jealousy is an ego game. And that that’s pretty much what’s going on here.
It’s not about the fact that you’re actually threatened in some serious way, it’s an ego game, and this is important to convince yourself because until you convince yourself of this then you’re not going to have the awareness, consciousness, and self honesty to look inside, and do the work that’s necessary on the inside to eradicate this jealousy.
If you are able to convince yourself that this is an ego game, then you’re going to start to think like this: Oh, so it’s me, there’s like elements within me that are causing this.
Let me start to take a look at my ego, let me start to take a look inside and get really honest, get very observant, because there’s some really fishy, surreptitious activity going on inside my psyche, I got to examine that for myself, get a deeper look at it. Let’s take a look at what’s going on.
Let’s take a look under the hood. And that’s the key and once you can convince yourself that looking under the hood is a good thing and once you start to see that Oh looking under the hood is actually not as easy as I thought it was. That’s going to take some real work. Then you’ve got the foundation set for doing some deep inner work on your jealousy.
Change Your Environment
If you put your mind into an environment where you’re constantly thinking negative thoughts because it’s your default pattern then that’s what it’s going to respond to.
You start building the negative muscles and they’ll get stronger over time, and you’ll be able to lift more, heavier, negative things with those muscles.
But it also works if you put it in the positive gym, and that’s what most people, all you need to do to free yourself from negative thoughts is to get in a better environment, get your ass in the positive gym.
How do you do that?
Well in today’s world it’s easier and you don’t even need to pay a fitness membership to be able to do it. So expose yourself consistently get that compass needle and re-magnetize it in a different direction.
You do it over time, you don’t walk into a gym with an overweight body and you walk out fit.
No, you walk out sore and it’s uncomfortable, but over time that’s what happens. If you want to stay with an overweight body that’s your deal and I’m here to tell you if you don’t make time for health you will have to make time for illness.
That’s not a rule I made up that’s just the way it is. If you don’t make time for positivity in your life your default magnetic north is going to swing over to the negative. I didn’t make that up, that’s just the way it is, and unfortunately most people’s default north points negative.
So your environment, your peer group, the media, all of the things that most people are associated to are constantly programming them into a negative direction, so that when they’re sleeping awake and doing things out of habit, that’s the gravitational there. And then guess what, we feel trapped by negative thinking.
“If you don’t make time for positivity in your life your default magnetic north is going to swing over to the negative.” – Peter Sage
So how do you free yourself?
Make a conscious decision. The will is what drives the thoughts so have a make a decision, a firm resolute decision that I’m going to get my mental ass in the positive gym. Very easy to do, surround yourself with positive people.
If you can’t do that, read positive books, watch positive films, films that lift you up that come from a place of possibility that support how we can not why I can’t.
If people are in your environment that are negative start tuning them out. That’s not to say that you’re better or worse it’s just to say that you want a different environment.
Acknowledge Resolve and Communicate
Narrator: The next time you’re in a situation where you’re experiencing those extreme jealous thoughts, go into a separate room, take out your WellCast journal and calm down.
Step one, acknowledge. Admit it, you’re jealous and you can’t run from your feelings, but by addressing your jealousy head-on you can keep it from taking on epic, unrealistic proportions. Write down exactly what’s making you jealous and why.
Let’s say you just found out that your two best friends didn’t invite you to that movie that they caught last week, let it out. “My friends are hanging out without me, “I’m scared they’ll stop being my friend.” It’s okay to be a little dramatic, it’s just your journal.
Step two, communicate. Now that all of your embarrassing thoughts are out on paper, go get the real story. Don’t have an imaginary argument with your friends in your head it’s only going to make things worse.
Tell them how you feel about what happened. Be vulnerable, and apologize to them if you overreacted in any way cause you might’ve. Make it clear that you’re expressing your feelings and not stating facts. Speak in “I” statements. “I feel like you didn’t want to hang out with me “because you’re tired of me.” That’s your insecurity.
At a certain point, the only way to get over your jealousy is to stop thinking about yourself all the time and see someone else’s point of view.
Step three, resolve. And this will be the hardest part for you because now you have to listen. Your friends might tell you that you’re overreacting and they might be right. “We know you don’t like horror movies, “so we didn’t think to invite you.”
My solution to jealousy is to care less about what other people think. I think if we’re looking at jealousy there’s two sides to it, there’s two sides to it.
The first side is people who are jealous of you and then the second side is people who you are jealous of.
And so for people who are jealous of you, you’ll find that they’re often hating on you, they’re telling you you can’t do things or criticizing your work where meanwhile they’re not doing anything themselves. Like the critics in your life typically have never done what you’re trying to do, and so their advice is meaningless to you, and I recognize that if somebody’s jealous of me that’s their own shortcomings.
“My solution to jealousy is to care less about what other people think. ” – Evan Carmichael
I don’t need to let that impact what I’m going through. You get to choose how you deal with somebody’s jealousy or reactions to you, and my choice is to not care, to let it bounce.
If I fight with them on something, what’s the point?
Like what do I get from that besides more negativity and more hatred and more just kind of downward spiral. And so I don’t really care what people think of me.
So that’s their issue, and they need to deal with it. Don’t bring me down into your crap, I’m not getting down into the mud with you. And the way that I don’t care about these people and their opinions again is thinking about “Have they done what I am trying to do?” “Are they in any kind of position “to give me advice on this?”
And usually it’s nowhere even close.
The people who are hating on your idea have lower standards in life than you do, so why are you listening to them?
The second kind of people would be people that you might be jealous of, people who have accomplished something that you want to accomplish or have a skill that you want to be able to learn.
“You get to choose how you deal with somebody’s jealousy or reactions to you, and my choice is to not care, to let it bounce. If I fight with them on something, what’s the point?” – Evan Carmichael
And for me, I’m not jealous of anybody. I admire people, I look up to people, I think it’s because it’s not just about achieving the goal, it’s not just about achieving the million subscribers, or 10 million subscribers or whatever it is, it’s not just about achieving that revenue target that you guys have or whatever your big goal is, somebody’s gone out and done it and you haven’t so you’re jealous of them, or somebody has that car and you don’t so you’re jealous of them.
It’s not about achieving that goal, for me, I think what helps, for me it’s about the climb, it’s about the process.
I look up to a Les Brown in the public speaking field, I think he’s one of the best of the best especially young Les Brown, and I admire that and I want to learn to get better.
I don’t want to be Les Brown, I need to be the best version of me, but I like the climb, I like working on how do I get better, and better, and better, and not just being jealous about reaching the objective cause I want to do the work, like I like the work.
And so there’s nothing that anybody has that I am jealous of. And so jealousy doesn’t really play into my life. I think it really, again, comes back to enjoying the process of getting better, enjoying the growth. And if you can focus on that, and not so much the outcome then you’re not going to really be jealous.
So I think depending on what kind of jealousy you’re dealing with, other people being jealous of you or you being jealous of other people hopefully you’ve got some solutions today that can help you be less jealous and focus on the important things in life.
So thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because PDogB asked me to so if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover in the next edition of Believe Life leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
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So thank you guys so much for watching, I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, have an amazing day, and I’ll see you soon.
Always remember to serve others on your way up. You know, be humble and grateful for what you have, but don’t forget to also be social with that.
A lot of jealousy or the negativity that comes at us is because people think that we’re narcissistic, we’re in it for ourselves, that we don’t care about anybody else, or they’re jealous and they’re real insecure that we’ll leave them, that they’ll get left behind, so they say these weird comments, but what they’re really saying is please don’t leave.
What they’re really saying is, don’t become somebody who’s all about the success, or the money or the fame or the wealth or the accolades or the statues or whatever it is right.
They want to know that you’re still human, and the best way to demonstrate that and the most needed thing you need to do is you continue to succeed is reach out and help those others who are on the same path of life maybe just a few yards behind ya, help lift ’em up.
As Booker T. Washington taught us there’s two ways to exert strength, one is pushing down and the other is pulling up. So pull some people up, help people, offer a guiding hand, give, donate, serve, volunteer, still be out among people serving and helping.
Don’t become one of those people who becomes lost in the Hollywood Hills all by yourself just thinking about your own self staring at your belly button all day thinking how self important you are.
Be that person who’s still out there helping, guiding, serving, supporting, championing other people, because you know what, you could always hate people, but it’s hard to hate somebody who’s a champion of others. So you be the champion of others and soon those negative voices, those jealous people, they’ll deal with their own stuff, and if they don’t, ignore ’em.
If they don’t, keep getting better. If they don’t, remember your dream. If they don’t, and they just need your love then be there for them, but realize you must stay on your path regardless of jealousy.
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