Ready for some real talk? Let me lace you with this…
I was once told a story by one of my bosses, the General Manager of my workplace. Our relationship was fairly casual so I don’t think she had any reason to lie to me. And knowing The Game even as little as I did back then, I’m quite sure she wasn’t lying.
She told me that the wife our 1 of our company’s owners was a little upset with how she was treating the employees. The owner’s wife thought the General Manager was too lenient, too caring and overall too “soft”. So in an effort to teach her something about how employees should be treated, the owner’s wife told the General Manager this, “Your employees are like a lemon. You have to squeeze them until all the juice runs out.”
I’ll let you put that together for yourself.
Whether you want to hear the reality about this or not (and I assume you do or you wouldn’t be on my blog), you need to understand the mentality against you. I make no claims that everyone with a degree of power thinks like this, but it’s something to consider. How else does a person have power over others unless those people give it to them?
Reading about how a “worker” should be lemon-squeezed until they’re dried up and no longer good would upset the average person. But it’s no shock to a Player. A Player understands The Game and a Player plays it accordingly. They move and shake with the same knowledge, wisdom and understanding of their opponent. And their opponent is usually a person who has a degree of worldly power.
What’s a Game if 1 person knows how to play against a person who doesn’t? That’s not really playing a Game, that’s just wielding power over the weak.
If you’ve been following along with my blog for a while then you already know the essence of The Game is self-empowerment. I repeat this over and over again because if you choose to begin to play The Game, you have to know this – through and through with every fiber of your being.
If I place a stick in the ground, that stick represents no real strength. You can easily kick it over, knock it over, even a strong gust of wind can uproot it. But you can’t do that with any well-rooted tree. What makes a well-rooted tree so strong? It’s the roots, correct? The bigger and deeper they are, the more difficult it is to uproot it. Simple enough. But now let’s take this and apply it to yourself.
How much inner strength do you have? Are you easily “uprooted” by day-to-day events and drama? How often does something happening outside of you that makes you react inside? How often do you let something happening outside of you irritate you? How easy is it for something happening outside of you to upset you? How did you feel when you read about employee "lemon-squeezing"? Did it piss you off a little or make you say to yourself, “That’s so messed up! How could someone think like that?”
And the reality is, none of these things should affect your inner emotional state. When you allow yourself to be emotionally moved, you’re on the road to loss. A Player must develop an almost unbreakable sense of mental and emotional fortitude that the average person just doesn’t have. Which is one reason I encourage you to think above average. A Player can’t be average – in thought, speech, action or reaction.
The greatest Game that you must learn to play and win is inside of yourself first. Your inner Game. The way you talk to yourself in your mind and how you Perceive things both inside and outside of yourself. This is you becoming that tree with deep thick roots.
The average person is very reactionary. They let things outside of them make them upset, make them feel bad, make them feel as though they’re not good enough, make them feel like they’re missing something, make them feel like they’re weak, defenseless, and at the mercy of someone (or something) else.
The weak and average suffer because they allow others to treat them as weak and average. And they allow it because of their Perspectives – they have allowed themselves to think less of themselves. And this honestly is a shame.
The person that thinks above average will eventually break this conditioning. An above average mind can’t tolerate this type of conditioning because they think bigger and grander. They see themselves as competent and capable of greater things.
For the students of The Game out there, please soak this up.
Before you go on to try to conquer your life (outer world), you have to first conquer the world inside of you. You have to become pro-active instead of reactive. You set the tone, you set the pace and you play your hand when it’s necessary – otherwise, you hold your cards. This is grace and finesse with The Game; the careful plotting of strategy and tactics to position yourself where you want – not just accepting what someone else hands you.
The average person has a difficult time wrapping their head around this kind of thinking. And this is a major frame of mind that keeps them average. Haven’t we all heard that, what you think creates your reality? If that’s true then average thinking breeds an average life. There’s no other way that can work.
What is a Player up against? Others in the world who know what you don’t and use it against you. There’s no sense in feeling angry about that because all it takes is to learn The Game and become a Player instead of accepting being played. Why be another pawn on someone else’s chessboard, when you can be the King or Queen on your own chessboard? Become the empowered.
The person who rides the fence will eventually fall off. Sooner or later you're going to have to choose. And the power to choose is a power that we all have at our disposal. Become empowered or stay dis-empowered. What's it going to be for your future? Maybe you're your worst enemy? And the greatest opponent is yourself...
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