Ego is the proverbial two-edged sword. Can’t live with it; can’t live without it. But if ever I’ve seen something get in the way of someone’s success, myself included, its failure to understand and manage our ego.
Ego is our inner voice; that voice in our head that speaks to us continually. It’s our consciousness, which most immediately controls our thoughts and behaviors, and is most in touch with external reality.
Ego is both good and evil. On the negative side, ego shuts us off from listening and learning. Ego drives us to make decisions that are not in the best interest of our whole. Ego causes us to react to stimuli in negative and sometimes very self-destructive ways. Ego gets us into trouble.
On the softer side, we experience the negative of ego often in group settings. You know this well, as I’m sure you’ve experienced a meeting participant who has something to say about everything. It appears that these individuals are self-possessed to tell stories of their own success. They rarely listen to the wisdom of others. They’re often in a