Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes, Day 04 — Emotional Capital

Change is hard for all of us, myself included. In this new series, I’ll be sharing daily mediations on transition, change, reinvention. Look out all you rock and rollers, turn and face the strange. 

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Each of us needs our own fuel source. Our own oxygen supply. 

We can’t be dependent on externals for our equilibrium. Otherwise we will constantly be shaken to and fro by daily events. 

In short, we deploy our emotional capital. The psychological assets and resources that buttress us, like patience, resilience, optimism and faith. That’s what allows us to bounce back from failure and rejection. 

How’s the health of your account balance? Here are some questions to audit your funds. 

Do you let squeaky wheels derail you, or do you keep moving the story forward despite imperfections and annoyances? 

Do slights and rejections puncture the delicate fabric of your wellbeing, or do you take struggles in stride with a healthy dose of perspective? 

Are you thrown off balance by trivial incidents and mundane annoyances, or do you bounce back trusting their relative unimportance in the grand scheme of life? 

Do you get upset when somebody doesn’t live by your script, or do you stubbornly refuse to upset yourself when your strong desires are thwarted? 

If your answers skewed towards the first half of each question, then your psychological resources may be in need replenishing. 

Camille writes in her book about envy that the ego is a fragile little demon that gorges itself on our eternal discontent. Maybe that’s a good place to start. 

If you want to refuel your emotional capital, practice announcing to yourself that who you are is enough to get what you want. Practicing announcing to yourself that you already have everything you need to do your thing. 

It’s only a small donation to your account. And your ego won’t be happy about the transaction. 

But the goal, not unlike a startup trying to keep the business afloat despite marketplace fluctuations, is to build an emotional foundation for scale. 

Over time, you will gain trust in your ability to right your ship when it drifts off course. 


What inner resources will help you regain your equilibrium?

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Scott Ginsberg

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