By Seth D. Cohen
Have you ever been told?
- You’re too small
- You’re not smart enough
- You will never be successful
- You can’t compete against him or her
- You will fail if you try that
These are what I call Chip Statements. A chip statement (stemming from the saying “a chip on your shoulder”) is a negative statement by someone that you can use to motivate and inspire you. I make a Chip List to document all the negative, nasty and confidence sabotaging statements that I have been told throughout my life. I highly recommend that you make your own chip list so that every day you can read these statements to motivate and inspire you. The key to a chip list is to make sure that you’re not living up to these negative statements and that they’re not becoming a reality.
Make sure that the list you make include statements from others, not your own jealousies or insecurities. Your own negative thoughts are not chip statements, they’re just that – negative statements.
A chip statement is not “I can’t believe that he makes that much money.” Or “It’s not fair that she lives in such a beautiful house, I want that too.”
Let your chip list fuel your burning desires to overcome and drive you to be remarkable.
Here are a couple of statements on my chip list and the end result:
- “Your grades and SAT scores aren’t strong enough to get you into Boston University. I just don’t think you’re smart enough.” (I got into Boston University)
- “Math is one of your weakest skill sets.” (Graduated from college with a degree in Finance)
- “Motivating and inspiring people doesn’t seem like the best option for you. It’s a dead end.”(I have over 500 people that read my blog and get comments such as “Your insight is priceless to me.”)
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