Something For Nothing: Ignorance
Envy is perhaps the worst of the negative emotions. Envy hurts and often destroys the possessor of the emotion, but it has no off-setting benefits or pleasures. If you engage in the cardinal sins of gluttony or lust, at least you get some pleasure or satisfaction in the process. But with envy, you only feel angry, hostile, resentful and often depressed and worthless. There is no payoff, and it doesn’t hurt or affect the person or persons it is aimed at. It only hurts the possessor.
The emotion of envy, combined with resentment, always requires there to be an “enemy.” Someone must be to blame. If someone is to blame, someone must be punished. That person must be taxed, regulated or even prosecuted. The more the envious person thinks about how evil this blameworthy person is, the angrier he becomes, and the more justified he feels in demanding that this person be made to suffer, in some way.
Punish the Rich
In a free society, where people are paid based on their willingness and ability to serve others, the enemy is always “the rich.” These people are loosely defined as anyone who is doing better than the average. Almost all economic and social policy in America, and throughout Europe, is based on envy and resentment of the successful, and is motivated by a desire to punish them in some way.
A healthy, normal person sees himself as responsible for his own life. He does not blame his problems or his life situation on anyone but himself. He never complains, criticizes others who are more successful or condemns people for doing well. If he is not happy with his situation, he gets busy and takes action to improve it. He doesn’t blame other people for the problems of his own life.
The Perception of Victimhood
Weak people, on the other hand, are easily convinced that their problems and deficiencies are caused by others. This frees them from any responsibility to do anything for themselves. Envy, resentment and blaming others turn the possessor of these emotions into a victim.
The perception of victimhood makes him feel weak and helpless, incapable and hopeless. It makes him angry and discouraged, and capable of being easily manipulated into supporting any politician or activist who promises to punish the imagined cause of their own personal problems with taxes and regulations.
Instead of doing something to improve his situation, the victim, driven by the E-Factor, motivated by the desire to get something for nothing, supports anyone who promises to get him free money with no effort on his part.
Your Mental Immune System
Almost anyone can catch a cold if he allows himself to become overtired and susceptible to it. In the same way, almost anyone can catch the something for nothing virus if he is not continually on guard.
We are all susceptible. Once SFN strikes, it can quickly corrupt all your mental and emotional programs.
We are surrounded by people who will tell us repeatedly that we are entitled to free money at the expense of others. Even though this is impossible in the long run, it is a fantasy that too many people want to believe.
To immunize yourself against the temptations of the negative emotions of envy, resentment and the desire to get something for nothing, I have prepared a Pledge for each person to read and sign.
The Responsibility Pledge
“I accept complete responsibility for myself, my life, my family, my financial situation and everything that happens to me.
I am a completely free, proud, self-reliant individual. I look to myself for the answers to my questions and the solutions to my problems. I am a complete optimist. I look for the good in every situation. I seek the valuable lesson in every setback or obstacle. I think about my goals most of the time. I focus on the solution rather than the problem.
I am not a victim. I refuse to complain, condemn or criticize. If I am not happy with a situation, I take action to change it. I blame no one for anything.
I recognize that there is a fair and full price that must be paid for anything worthwhile. I do not try to get something for nothing. I refuse to accept something for nothing and I do not support any person, process or policy that attempts to give me or anyone else anything to which I or they are not justly entitled to as the result of hard work and sacrifice.
I am a successful, happy person. I am grateful for my life and my opportunities. I believe that everything in the universe is conspiring to make me happier, healthier and more prosperous.
I have an attitude of gratitude toward everyone and everything.”
How do you feel as you read over this Pledge? Are you hesitant or eager to sign your name at the bottom? How you think and feel when you read this Pledge to yourself will tell you a lot about your philosophy of life. How others react and respond when you show this Pledge to them will tell you a lot about how they think and feel, as well.
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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.