Ever walk into a room and the people seem to quiet down when they see you? What thoughts go through your head? Were they just talking about me? What were they saying? Did I do something? Does my outfit look bad? Do I have something in my teeth? Oh my goodness, they saw me when I tripped and fell in the parking lot, didn’t they? I’m so embarrassed. All day you stew about this interaction and your brain gives you lots and lots to think about, worry about, and ultimately guess as to what they were saying about you.
Can you relate? Paranoia…not fun, right? When we’re paranoid our thoughts spin out and all the sudden everything around us is scary and out to get us. I know this sounds ridiculous but it’s what we do. Each thought branches to another thought that creates this chain of paranoid thoughts. It’s exhausting!
What if it didn’t have to be that way? What if there was a way you could think the opposite? What if when you walk into a room and everyone seems to quiet down that you instead think that they’re planning your surprise unbirthday party? Wouldn’t that be awesome??? What if instead of feeling PARANOID you felt PRONOID instead???
The prefix, Para, derived from Greek origins, which means: AGAINST
Thinking the world, people, circumstances are against you. Almost like you’re constantly in battle. This is a terrible place to be in. But what if you could feel like the world, people, and circumstances were FOR you? This is a real thing, actually. Brian Little created this concept. It’s called PRONOID.
“Pronoia…is defined as the opposite state of mind to paranoia: having the sense that there is a conspiracy that exists to HELP the person. It is also used to describe a philosophy that the world is set up to secretly benefit people.”
Did you read that? Wouldn’t THAT be amazing? To think the opposite of being paranoid? To think that every person is there to HELP you? That the world, every circumstance, every moment you are alive on the earth that things are working to give you exactly what you want?
Are you mind-blown?
Think about that for a minute. How would that feel to think the thought, “I wonder what other awesome things those people are going to say about me?” Instead of, “I wonder what they’re saying about me. They probably think I’m a bad mom.”
What would it feel like to think, “Oh, look they’re pointing at me. I bet they’re telling someone else how great they think I am.”?
When you get up and give a talk at church or teach a lesson in front of a large group you’re not consumed with the paranoid thoughts that everyone is secretly laughing at you, or making fun of you, or thinking how stupid you sound. If you weren’t consumed with those thoughts, what could you use that energy on? If you didn’t have to worry about what “they” think, what would you do? If you didn’t have to edit the things you say/do in front of others in fear that they’ll think something about you, how much more would you share?
How vast is the upside of feeling PRONOID instead of PARANOID? Huge, right?
You have control over that. You CAN choose this. You CAN choose to feel this by choosing to think thoughts that everyone LOVES you, that everyone knows you are amazing and valuable and a ROCK STAR. If you can choose this, why wouldn’t you?
Imagine just what kind of world it would be if we ALL operated from a PRONOID state. Where everyone is living confidently, from abundance, and genuinely loving life. Truly, truly, what a wonderful world it would be.
Try it out. Take this feeling for a test drive. See how incredible it feels to drop the paranoia and worry for a day, how freeing it is! What are you going to do with all your extra time???
Let me know how if goes for you!
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