Question. "Does it irk you that you're running (for President) at the same time as this character Donald Trump, who's getting attention for commenting on women's looks? Does it bother you a little?" - Reporter
Answer. "You know what? I spend no time worrying about things I can do nothing about. I can't control the people around me. There's only one thing I can do; and that's control how I behave, what I say, who I speak with, the way I describe the issues. So that's what I spend all my time thinking about." - Carly Fiorina (Republican Presidential Candidate)
Regardless of where you stand politically, Carly's response gives us an opportunity to take control of an area of our life that can sometimes get the best of us; reacting to what others think of us.
Most of us are lucky, in that we will likely never be humiliated on National Television.
You will probably never have to cope with your appearance being picked apart, ie: your face being called 'demented' in front of millions of home viewers. [Shame on you, ladies of The View].
However, the silver lining to Carly being on the receiving end of this kind of terribly vicious and mean spirited de-valuing and objectification is that we get the benefit of hearing her graceful and dignified response.
With her response, she offers us a direct window into an exceptionally effective strategy that successful, confident people integrate into their life regularly.
The strategy is this. They do not spend any of their time reacting to negative, distracting, external nonsense.
Not an easy practice at times, but this is the practice that truly works.
Earning the rite to live your most powerful and purposeful life, the one that will allow you to feel deeply fulfilled, is completely in your control. But it requires a very deliberate turning away from anything and everything that will de-rail you from reaching your highest goal.
This is where the worthiness factor comes strongly into play. When you feel worthy of the life you really want; you will happily decide to stop reacting to the things that really don't matter one bit.
Who or what have you been giving your energy to, that you'd love to stop?
What might it feel like to stop reacting to external nonsense?
How deserving do you feel of focusing on what matters most to you?
If you'd like a little extra help or to would like my feedback on something you're struggling with, feel free to share with me in the comments below.