a Five Star Life
I've watched the movie Chicken Run at least a
half-dozen times. Just beneath the surface of its simplistic look and story
line lie a number of wonderful messages told through the eyes of a bunch
of Claymation chickens trying to break out of their chicken-wire world
to escape their fate at the chopping block. Their freedom leader, a feisty
little hen named Ginger, comments profoundly in one scene: "the fences
are all in your mind." She reminds her fellow chickens (and us), that a
bigger obstacle than the physical fences they're surrounded by are the
mental fences that hold them captive.
Itís been a good reminder for me on those occasions
when Iíve been dealing my own mental fences...those created by self-doubt,
uncertainty, fear. Can you relate?
Where have you fenced yourself in mentally in
recent days or weeks? Perhaps your mental fence is procrastination, a deadening
habit that keeps you stuck. Maybe yours, like mine, is related to self-doubt,
and the on-going internal noise it produces that keeps you immobilized.
Perhaps yours is the belief that you don't deserve success, so you sabotage
yourself to avoid having to find out how successful you could be. There
are a million variations of the theme, but the result is still the same:
we stay stuck like the chickens in the movie.
One of the key questions in the Best Year Yet
program is: "How do I limit myself and how can I stop?" Those limitations
are never external. They always live inside us.
The antidote to being trapped by our mental fences
is to create a compelling enough vision that, like Ginger and her flock
of chicken friends, we're willing to resort to amazing measures to break
out. The formula:
VISION + CONSISTENT ACTION = FREEDOM!
I challenge you to take some bold, even outrageous
steps to break free of your mental fences. If it's procrastination, declare
a "freedom day" and take action on everything you've been putting off:
from cleaning your office to making phone calls or responding to emails
If it's self-doubt, sit down and write out everything
you value and why it's important. Then challenge yourself to eliminate
anything that doesn't absolutely reflect your values, or add something
that is a profound statement of who you are.
FREEDOM IS JUST THE OTHER SIDE OF ACTION.
Recognize that your mental fences can only keep
you stuck as long as you're looking at them. They can only contain you
as long as you're not taking actions consistent with your vision. Go ahead,
take the action you've avoided and leap into a future filled with possibilities.
And remember, the fences are all in your mind!
a Five Star Life: The Secrets to Finding Greater Joy and Reaching Your
Full Potential : ~ Betty Mahalik
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