Ken Donaldson Answers:Why Am I So Messed Up?
Every day I hear people asking me this question, “Why am I so messed up?”
They don’t always say just exactly those words, although sometimes they do, but they say something similar and definitely with the same meaning.
So, why are WE so messed up?
The good news is that it all comes down to two things:
1.) We don’t know what to do.
2.) We just don’t do what we know to do.
Nice to know it’s that simple, right?!!
Let’s look at the first, the “We don’t know what to do” syndrome.
Why would you know what to do?…who taught you?…where did you learn from?
See, most people have extreme emotional and relational deficits. Unless you went to some very, very non-mainstream school, you never had classes that taught you any of this. And because very few people really learned the art of handling emotions and relationships effectively, then it only makes sense that they would pass their deficits on to their children.
So it’s easy to see and understand the “We don’t know what to do” syndrome.
Which brings us to number two: We just don’t do what we know to do.
This is the real kicker and here’s why: There are so many resources today to help people improve their lives. And much of it is absolutely free. Go to YouTube and you will find hours and hours of free, good coaching and education on emotional and relationship management. All free!
Do a Google search and you’ll find websites, blogs and forums that you can participate in and have ongoing conversations to seek out answers to all your challenges.
And if you’re willing to invest a few bucks in yourself, you can invest in books or audio and video programs that will bring the experts right into your home or office.
And if you want to go full out, then you can actually hire a professional coach or counselor to give you the 1:1 guidance you want to improve your life and relationships.
But everyone probably knows all this and they still just don’t do what they know to do.
It can only be one of a very few things:
1.) Denial: “I don’t have any issues…really.”
2.) Minimization: “It’s not that big of a deal.” (Which is a form of denial.)
3.) Cynicism and blame: “Sure, I’ll change when she changes.”
4.) Stupidity: “Duh.” (This doesn’t actually exist; some people just pretend that it does.)
So the REAL question is this: How badly do you want to improve your life?
Or maybe this one: How much pain, heartache, misery or depression do you want to endure in your life?
Yes, challenges are definitely part of life, but pain, heartache, misery and depression are all optional.
But it all comes back to you.
YOU have to choose to want a better life.
YOU have to choose to want better relationships.
YOU have to choose to want a better career path.
YOU have to choose to want better health.
YOU have to choose to want a better spiritual connection.
YOU have to choose to want better friends.
YOU have to choose to want a better you.
The really good news is that YOU are in total control of all that.
The next question is: When will you start?
If you want to be a victor, you must release being a victim!
“I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes