What Does Your Gremlin Look Like?

What’s a gremlin you ask? Well the definition according to the internet is:


1.a mischievous invisible being, said by airplane pilots in World War II to cause engine trouble and mechanical difficulties.

2.any cause of trouble, difficulties, etc., especially in a mechanical, electrical, or other system:

A loose wire was the gremlin that blew out the lights.

In my mind, a gremlin is an invisible being that just generally gums up the works. Climbs up to your creative shoulder, gets snug and comfortable, while it digs its little claws in trying to remain a permanent fixture and whispers in your ear. Things like: “That’s stupid!” “What are you doing?” “You can’t do that!” Or the ever elusive “You’ll never succeed.”

Planting those little seeds of doubt every time you strive for better, become more confident , or start traversing the road of success. Now, success here doesn’t necessarily mean wealth. Success can mean, finally moving towards your goal.

Your gremlin can look however you see them in your own minds eye. It could be warm and fuzzy or demonic and scary. Mine seems to be a combination of both. It lures you in with its seemingly sweetness and goes on for the kill once it’s close enough to do some damage.

It is extremely difficult to loosen those talons once they have dug in. Sometimes, I have succeeded in breaking free to only find it back on my shoulder months later. So…. what to do?

Embrace it. Yup, you heard me. Embrace it. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t doubt yourself from time to time. There are lucky individuals who are so confident with themselves that you wish you could pinch just an ounce of it off them for yourself. For the rest of us, acknowledge it. Give it a face and a name. Then, stare it in the face and tell it: “This is excellent!” “I’m becoming a (insert goal here)” “Yes I can!!” And “I will succeed, in my own time, little by little, inch by inch, I WILL succeed!”

So get out there, and face your gremlin. Let it know that it’s presence is your fire, not your deterrence.


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