They like to be the busiest — “I’m so busy!”
They like to be the most stressed out — “I’m so stressed out!”
They like to be the one who slept the least — “I only had 3hrs of sleep, for the whole week!”
They like to be wronged — “I was unfairly treated!”
They like to think that they have the toughest breakup — “He/she treated me like a doormat!”
They like to think that they have the toughest job — “My job sucks!”
They like to think they are the poorest — “I have no money!”
The list goes on. It never ends. It’s a toxic mindset that resolves around scarcity, negativity, and victimhood.
They are the victims of their stories.
You know the quote “People want to see you doing well, just not better than them?” That’s one of the most detrimental mindset anyone can have.
Picture this, an executive puts in 60hours a week produces the same output compared the another executive who puts in the standard 40hours. Guess you should know who will cry victim by now. Now 60hour exec wants 40hour exec to work as much and 40hour exec wants to share how he/she works so the output can be compounded but victimhood theory is preventing it from happening. Resulting in the situation withering like a graceful flower all because selfish 60hour exec had a victim mentality — “I want everyone to suffer what I went through just because I had the toughest life there is in human history.” Depressing, but alarmingly true.
If we refer to Dan Harmon’s story circle above, which is a format what most stories uses, we understand that the victim is stuck cycling between stages 1-3. There’s discomfort and dissonance between being uncomfortable, feeling inadequate, and dipping into unknown territories.
But stage 4-6 is what really matters. It’s what separates victims from heroes. The hero accepts the reality. Adapts to circumstances by figuring out what it takes to get out of it. Sets out on a journey that will bring them out of the shithole. Despite getting what they want, they have to pay a price. The price usually means saying no.
Stop living in victimhood, start being the hero of your own story. That requires going through obstacles and pain. Nothing worth having ever comes easy. Almost everything requires a price, and the price is hard work.
Start cultivating self awareness. Try to catch yourself thinking in the victim mentality. Then try to get out of it. Also, don’t forget to pull others out of it. After all, we live in a society and everyone needs help from others every once in awhile.
How to get out of it? Ruby recommends 4 steps:
- Acknowledge you are playing the victim (probably the hardest part)
- Acknowledge the role you have been playing in your life
- Take ownership (own your shit)
- Create change
Let me leave you with this: Own your life, own your story. And never ever lie to yourself.