Who could possibly imagine that a thing like self-sabotage can actually drive you to personal growth?
Moreover, addiction to drugs (believed to be a kind of self sabotage) can also help in self expression and personal growth. You will have your eyebrows raised at that. Don’t get me wrong, I am not promoting narcotics. It’s just a scientifically proven fact that some drugs turn on the switch to imagination.
There was this woman who became addicted to drugs because it gave her the feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. Her doctors tried to explore the reasons behind the drawing force and they found that she was alone and felt bored most of the times. This feeling turned her more anxious and she dreaded the pressure in her job. She once had a chance to go on a vacation with her friends where she had a great time.
There was no pressure and no worry in the world while she was on this vacation. By the end of the vacation, she started to feel low again so she took the drug to get that timeless experience once again where she had no responsibilities and can let her imagination fly free. Nevertheless, drugs including sleeping pills will always have some side-effects. Knowing that, she took the drug because that imaginative feeling of being free will always return.
A lot of people out there apply some kind of emotional freedom techniques that will help them focus on something creative and useful while eliminating the negative effects. After exploring the reasons for the lady’s self-defeating behavior and obsession towards the drugs, emotional freedom techniques (EFT) were applied and it worked. With EFT tapping, she was able to get that same feeling without using the drug.
Once she got that specific feeling, more EFT tapping was conducted to find out what was missing in her life. Initially, she believed that she couldn’t stay in jobs for a long time because she can’t delay fulfillment. Later on she found that she wasn’t very much interested in the field she was working. It turned out that there was something that she dreamt of becoming in her past but never thought that she could actually opt for it. Slowly and gradually, she went closer to the work she loved most.
Now what seemed like a destructive behavior was actually the need for creativity.
Consider another slightly different scenario where the person was found in a habit of frequently switching jobs. Finally, he rested with a job that he felt right and was happy with the money they offered. But then all of a sudden he thought of quitting.
When he was asked about the problem, it turned out that he was forced to work for quite long hours. This ultimately over-shadowed his passion for writing. When he couldn’t manage time for his passion, he got bored and wanted to quit soon enough. His passion or creativity hidden inside needed some way to be expressed. Therefore, the reason why he kept slipping into self-sabotage was that he needed an appropriate means to express his creativity. Hence, there is a possibility that self-sabotage can drive you to personal growth.
Author’s Bio: Katy is a fitness and weight loss trainer who shares her passions in writing and aims to promote healthy lifestyles and motivate more people towards healthy living. She loves to hit the gym 3 times a week and knows how to balance diet and exercise.