We all have those days when keeping the head above water, surviving yet another day seems like a victory. Survival is part of our nature as humans and it has become a companion that we feel quite comfortable with. We have become masters of survival and evolution has been an exemplary template to follow and equipped us with survival instincts and strategies that we can call upon at the drop of a hat.
From the day we are born we are have certain survival mechanism which, while following the same pattern across all humans, they can be expressed in as many different ways as we count people. These patterns show up in all works of life and therefore make a remarkable entry in the business world too.
These patterns, also referred to as archetypes, are the Saboteur, the Victim, and the Prostitute. Archetypes are collective behaviours, drives, instincts and core motivators that are grouped under a descriptive name. We are all very familiar with these patterns and use them often and intuitively going about our everyday life. Understanding these archetypes and in particular the way the express themselves in a person gives us insights in how to develop personal stamina, integrity and self worth.
The Saboteur – The Guardian of Choice
The little voice in our head, that we are all too familiar with, can lead you down a destructive path. It is the one that makes suggestions as to why you deserve that piece of chocolate now, why you should not put hand for that new role, why starting that new venture is a scary thought … and before you know it you have done it again. We all have given in to that seductive voice that wants to keep us save and therefore stifle the uptake of new opportunities outside of our comfort zone.
The Saboteur archetype may be the one most intimately connected to your ability to survive in the physical world. You can silence the Saboteur with acts of courage and by following your intuition. It serves you brilliantly as a gut instinct that directs you to take action based on hunches rather than on rational thought.
If you are not moving steadily in the direction of what you say you want, you can be certain that you are sabotaging yourself somewhere. As we come to understand the mechanisms and patterns that underlie self-sabotage, we begin to free ourselves from this constraint and we begin to allow ourselves to interact the world with greater confidence and stamina.
To nip the Saboteur in the butt, start observing yourself and get to understand the strategies of your Saboteur. How does it show up, when does it show up, what types of challenges or people does it usually attract?
Take small steps towards your own empowerment of choice, so you can be ready when the big opportunity comes your way. It is all about awareness and practice. There is no such thing as overnight success; before you get the big break a lot of small and often invisible steps have been lined up. Success means being ready when the opportunity shows up. Don’t let your Saboteur steal the show.
Learn to harness the incredible power of the Saboteur to your advantage. Once you have broken through your initial perceived blockage and have kicked off your new venture, you have created enough momentum to draw you in and push you forward.
Agent of Change
The Saboteur is an agent of change and brings new opportunities into your life. To be able to take on something new, the old ways need to be abandoned and the Saboteur can be used to accelerate this process. We can see this in today’s business world that is challenging and transforming