When your confidence is fragile

There are exactly zero scientific studies that have shown any evidence behind the accuracy of horoscopes. 

For entertainment purposes only, as the disclaimer says. 

Of course, we all see what we need to see. Why not let the placebo effect have its way with us? Sometimes it’s just more fun to believe. 

I once read my horoscope from a trashy tabloid left behind on the train. And the message was surprisingly touching. The newspaper read:

When your confidence is fragile, even the smallest upset can derail you. 

It was exactly what I needed to hear that day. Because feelings of disappointment and disillusionment were pulsing through my head. And I was beginning to feel disgusted with myself. 

But as one of my heroes once said:

The world may disappoint us, but we can choose not to disappoint ourselves. 

There’s always a concrete way, however small, to act on our own behalf. 

My preferred technique is through inhaling. Not with intoxications, but inspirations. Song, books, pictures and artifacts that are guaranteed to provide me with a sense of aliveness and empowerment. 

My phone and wallet are full of them. Ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. 

Like my list of one hundred goals for the year. Having that on my person at all times is very empowering. Because you never know when you might need to fire a salvo of confidence into yourself. 

Disappointment often comes without warning. And you have to equip yourself to refill that reservoir quickly, and in ways that are uniquely appealing to you. 

Remember, misery comes for everybody. Each day will bring us new indications of disappointment. 

And so, let us have the courage to admit them when they happen, feel the disappointment without shutting down and take action that rebuilds whatever is fragile within ourselves. 


Have you learned to befriend yourself even when you disappoint yourself? 

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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