How to Use Your Powers For Good

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Use Your Powers For Good

A thought struck me as I scrolled through a seemingly endless sales page for someone’s services: Do long, boring, unimaginative sales pages really work for people?! My Sarcasm Gremlin began crafting a snarky tweet about it for all the world to see.

But as words went from brain to keyboard to Twitter, I felt icky. “Icky,” by the way,  is the technical term for the way you feel when the energy you put out into the world isn’t in alignment with your authentic self. Rather than spread that ickiness to the rest of the world, I opted to learn from the experience, drop the it like it was hot, and move forward with more positive energy.

The sales page clearly didn’t work for me, but maybe it did for someone else—more power to them. I’m not in the business of slamming people for what they’re doing in the world, I’m in the business of supporting authenticity. Who am I to judge?

And besides, the sales page wasn’t important—my reaction to it was.

With that in mind, I had a little conversation with my authentic self where we decided to put some positive energy—maybe even some learning energy—out into the world. And alas, this tweet was born:

If you find yourself in a situation where you’re compelled to complain, here’s what you can do:

  1. Pause for ten slow breaths. They don’t even have to be deep. This allows you to disengage from the negative energy of complaining.
  2. Facilitate a conversation between your Gremlin and Your Authentic You. It might look something like this:
    YAY: Hey, Sarcastic Gremlin … what’s with all the snark, my friend?
    SG: What a ninny, what a nincompoop! Yeah, like that idea’s gonna ever gonna work. I better slam it so people know I don’t put up with that kind of crap.
    YAY: Huh. That doesn’t sound very nice. I know you’re Sarcastic Gremlin, but you’ve always struck me as a nice girl on the inside.
    SG: You’re right. I’m totally nice. But I’m Sarcasm Gremlin and I must be sarcastic. 
    YAY: Fair enough. How about we compromise here. You write a tweet and I’ll write out a tweet, and we’ll see which one Dian chooses that best represents who she is. Deal?
    SG: Aww, man. She’s gonna pick yours. I’m gonna go for a run.
  3. Take action you’d be proud of if it were the last thing you ever said in this life. Dramatic? Maybe. Powerful? Absolutely.

Letting your gremlins run your life is a lot like letting a four-year-old run your life. It’s all fun and games until someone throws a temper-tantrum and spreads ickiness into the world. Don’t let your gremlins determine your next move. Let YAY be the boss of you.

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