by Christine Kane
6 Irresistible Reasons to Stop Explaining Yourself
Writers and freelance editors often have to deal with naysayers and critics who can't imagine why they don't just get a "real job." It can be hard to withstand the barrage of criticism until you're willing to accept that it's probably not going to change anytime soon. Here's an article that can help you settle comfortably into your decisions and let criticisms fly by. The less time you spend on reacting to other people's issues, the more time you can spend on creating a joyous and successful life.
Rita's parents didn't approve of her choice to get a new kitten. Rita was expecting a long letter from them filled with judgments about her irresponsibility. As she waited for that letter, she was figuring out what she would write back.
Sylvia, one of my Platinum-level coaching clients, just bought her dream house. She avoided telling her father about it for fear that he would judge her, call her irresponsible and proceed to describe her imminent demise. She finally did tell her father. On our call, she told me that she was waiting for his reaction gearing up to explain her choice to him.
Now, there are some people who might read these stories and think, "Are you kiddin' me? Who cares what anyone thinks about your houses or cats or anything??!"
If this is you, then read no further. This article is not for you.
I'm writing this for the "explainers" out there. And it doesn't matter if you explain to parents, partners, or priests. You know who you are!
You've heard me talk about the benefits of going "Complaint-Free," right? Well, today, we're going to talk about going "Explaint-Free!"
And here are 6 irresistible reasons to do just that:
1 - Waiting Drains Your Energy
- When I'm coaching an explainer, I can see that much of her energy goes to the act of waiting.
- She waits for judgment.
- She waits for people to "get" her before she'll take action.
- She waits for people to approve of her choice.
- She waits for criticism.
This literally drains her creative life force. Both women in the examples above were losing energy waiting for criticism.
Here's your first big challenge: Give up the non-activity of waiting.
2 - We All Need to Learn to Trust Our Choices
Explaining robs you of empowerment.
Our decisions teach us valuable lessons about intuition and instinct. RARELY do our clear decisions come from our mental activity. Gut instinct is clearer than our critical minds.
When we explain ourselves, however, we move away from the place of deep trust in our intuition and into the realm of mental activity - where the choice didn't come from in the first place! We've suddenly stopped honoring and trusting ourselves and started creating a pattern of mental activity as we question our choices.
3 - Explaining Blocks Creativity
Creativity means you're the Creator of your life. You're a Creator. Not a Reactor. When you explain yourself, you become a "Reactor." You can't live in both realms at once. They contradict each other. Living in a state of reaction causes you to cut off the flow of creativity.
4 -Disapproval is a Great Opportunity
Yes, I'm serious about this!
Becoming an adult in the deepest sense is about learning to take responsibility for your actions and choices. Sometimes that means other people won't like these actions and choices. And what a great opportunity people provide when they do that!
I once heard a relationship coach say that love can sometimes mean letting your partner be disappointed in your choices. Think about that. Can you stand in your body and love someone enough to allow them not be happy with a choice you're making?
5 - Explainers Endorse Irresponsibility.
People who take personal responsibility for their lives do not blame others (or themselves) for their unhappiness, for their life situations, or for their financial state, etc. Instead, they recognize that they created it, and they can un-create or re-create anything. It's an empowering place to live.
Many people do not live in this level of personal responsibility. They are too busy blaming other people, taking other people's inventory, and looking outside themselves for their happiness. Teacher and author Byron Katie calls this minding other people's business instead of your own.
Your choice to explain yourself teaches other people that it's okay not to take responsibility, and that it's okay to mind your business instead of their own. Your explaints actually perpetuate the pattern of irresponsibility!
6 - Explainers Play Small. It's Time to Play Big.
Explainers are waiting for permission, or approval, or for people to "get" their choices. So much unhappiness and depression comes from a lifetime of waiting for these meaningless things. It's the ultimate meaning of Playing Small.
Playing Big means you trust in yourself enough to make lots of mistakes - and keep going anyway, no matter what people say to you. Playing Big means being clear, and making decisions from your soul. And, by the way, your soul doesn't feel the need to explain anything!
Christine Kane is the Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World. She helps women uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly LiveCreative eZine goes out to over 12,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription at http://christinekane.com.