The Enemy within. Sleeping with the enemy. We, sometimes, maybe too often, are our own worst enemy. All of these apply to yours truly….ME. I’d venture to say…that almost every single issue in my life, and this includes from sub-teen…until this very day…which has gone wrong, even the few mistakes (I don’t use the word failure), that I’ve made ….have been “self-inflicted.”
You heard it right…I’ve ruined more deals… and opportunities, by shooting myself in the foot…then one could possibly imagine. Has that ever happened to you? Thanks be to God… I’ve enjoy more successes than I deserve…but, I’m an expert on the art of “over-kill.” It seems, I just don’t know when to keep my darn mouth shut. I’m sick of my own stupidity.
Once, not too long ago, I actually had a $500K deal, all but sealed, until I said, absolutely, the wrong thing…nothing to do with the situation at hand; nothing relative; clearly out of character, clearly un-necessary…that “BLEW” the deal sky-high. I was just “being funny.” I’m still mad as heck at myself for doing such a STUPID thing. It was as if my brain skipped a beat.
Then… there’s the one where I waited two weeks too long to get a “pre-agreed” lease extension signed. Out of the blue, and unsolicited…someone came along and offered my tenant a much larger building for the same price. I really blew it. I knew better…and by darn…it will NEVER happen again.
I know… all this sounds contrary to the image I typically project…I’m just saying that when you take your “eye off the deal,” it could kill the deal. And, I’m as guilty as they come. Once is one time too often. Accepting responsibility for one’s own “miss-steps” is a positive move in eliminating the source of the problem…the evil enemy. So, I’ve come out of the closet….I admit…I’m not perfect.
1 Corinthians 11:31-32 – For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.