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Overemphasizing personal security — Universal Principles

Overemphasizing personal security

Steve Pavlina, in his great article The Courage to Live Consciously, talks about why focusing too much on security might hinder your personal development.

Day 22.10 from heaven, by FreriekeA side effect of overemphasizing the importance of personal security in your life is that it can cause you to live reactively. Instead of setting your own goals, making plans to achieve them, and going after them with gusto, you play it safe. Keep working at the stable job, even though it doesn’t fulfill you. Remain in the unsatisfying relationship, even though you feel dead inside compared to the passion you once had. Who are you to think that you can buck the system? Accept your lot in life, and make the best of it. Go with the flow, and don’t rock the boat. Your only hope is that the currents of life will pull you in a favorable direction.

Don’t forget: you are in control of your life!

But a side effect of overemphasizing the importance of personal security in your life is that it can cause you to live reactively. Instead of setting your own goals, making plans to achieve them, and going after them with gusto, you play it safe. Keep working at the stable job, even though it doesn’t fulfill you. Remain in the unsatisfying relationship, even though you feel dead inside compared to the passion you once had. Who are you to think that you can buck the system? Accept your lot in life, and make the best of it. Go with the flow, and don’t rock the boat. Your only hope is that the currents of life will pull you in a favorable direction.

2 comments

1 Karin { February 11, 2010 at 11:44 }

That’s a hard one to follow..

2 Henrik Jernevad { February 11, 2010 at 11:52 }

I agree! Also, the quote above doesn’t really give any advice on how to change for the better. I can only encourage you to read the full article – it is really good!