Last week, I posted about the need to Tame the Tiger, which addressed two issues: running out of energy, and comparing ourselves to others. I thought some new miraculous solution would come to mind this past week, but instead, I found myself coming back to a post I wrote years ago about the silent thief in the night. Whether it is resting on past successes or failures, fear of the future, loss of stamina or thinking others have it all figured out – this silent thief does not discriminate based on title, income, intelligence or opportunity. Any one of us can be affected at any time.
Who is this thief that quietly tiptoes into people's minds when they are not paying attention? Who is the thief that can take all they have worked so hard for and make it vanish come daylight? This thief, unfortunately, is often themselves. The thief slips into individual lives and reveals itself in a variety of ways. It often resembles human traits such as complacency, pride, arrogance, selfishness and, yes, sometimes greed.
You may be thinking to yourself, this could never happen to me! But, the truth is, it can happen to any of us. If we are not careful, it can creep up in the most vulnerable situations, even at the pinnacle of our success! It is actually quite interesting when you think about it. People spend an enormous amount of time, often years, preparing for the goal that they set before themselves. They use discipline to forge through difficulties and eventually find themselves at the top of the mountain. At this point, the thing that is often forgotten is preparing for the attention and emotions that come with the victory.
While this message doesn’t necessarily feel all good and fuzzy, please know that it is not meant to take away the thrill of success. We need to celebrate our achievements! We need to celebrate when we reach our goals! But at the end of the day, we need to remember we are human and it is important to be aware of the silent thief that could sneak in when we are not watching.