For Pete’s Sake! Let Your Sage Drive!
Who’s driving your life? Your Saboteurs or your Sage?
If you’re like most of us, it’s probably a combination of both, but your saboteurs probably spend more time in the driver’s seat.
Here’s what I want you to do.
Grab the door handle on the passenger side where you are sitting, open the door, get out, walk around to the driver’s side, open the door, unbuckle your saboteur’s seat belt and ask him to move to the back seat.
Your Sage’s focus is on thriving. The emotions it uses include curiosity, empathy, joy, creativity, peace and calm. Endorphins are your Sage’s favorite gift to you, which results in peaceful feelings and better performance.
Your Saboteurs’ focus is on surviving. The emotions they use include anxiety, anger, disappointment, shame, guilt, regret and blame. The stress hormone cortisol is your Saboteur’s favorite gift to you, which results in tunnel vision.
Now, imagine that you are about to embark on a road trip that you have been looking forward to for months. Who do you want driving your car? The dude who uses anxiety, anger, disappointment, etc... and gives you tunnel vision? You’ll never get out of the driveway!
But with the Sage driving, your road trip will be full of curiosity, joy and creativity.
“OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!” - Dr. Seuss
(You’ll want to keep at least one saboteur in the backseat to warn you when a truck is about to run a red light).
How do you make sure your Sage (it’s sometimes called your Leader Within) is in the driver’s seat?
First, you have to find your Sage.
Here’s a simple visioning exercise I do with my clients to introduce them to their Sage. It’s a voice recording. I recommend you put in your earbuds and find a quiet place. The exercise will take you about 10 minutes.
Next week, after you’ve met your Sage, I’ll talk about how you can keep your Sage is in the driver’s seat.
Have a Sage-filled week!