Posted September 2012
Find Out If You're Stuck In Your Story
I'm reading the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If you haven't read it, it's the story of a shepherd boy that wants more for his life. He sets out to find a treasure at the Pyramids in Egypt. While on his journey he meets different people that assist him in finding his "Personal Legend."
A story that great meaning for me, was while in the desert the boy meets the alchemist. They travel by camels through the desert and come upon a hole in the ground. The alchemist gets down off his camel and reaches into the hole, sticking his arm way deep into the hole.
He pulls out a cobra snake!
He takes the snake and puts him on the ground and then draws a circle in the sand around the snake. The snake doesn't move out of the circle. It's as if the circle drawn into the sand seems to contain the snake. Then the alchemist erases the circle in the sand and the snake slithers off into the desert.
How often do we do that?
We allow our boundaries, limitations and perceptions to keep us stuck. We say we desire a different life, yet given an opportunity we let it pass. Just like the snake, we don't even consider leaving our comfort zone. We don't want to leave all that we know for the unknown, whether that means starting school, a new business, having a baby, getting married, moving out of state etc... Whatever it is for you!
Don't you see?
All the boundaries and limitations are put there by... Us!
We put these self restrictions on ourselves of what we think we're capable of.
To create the life that we say that we want, we must make different decisions... or else we'd already have that life.
Different decisions=different results.
Look at the "story" you've told yourself about why you can't do something. Why you can't have a baby... too old, not enough money. Why you can't start a business... no funding, no support. Why you can't move out of state... don't know anyone, too far from family.
You can take any story that you've created for yourself and look at it objectively from a distance. You can see it much clearer from someone on the outside looking in.
So maybe you're saying, "Tammi, you just don't understand." No, maybe not your own individual circumstance... but I've been down before and wasn't sure what I was going to do to move forward.
But I knew this... I could reinvent myself anytime I wanted. I could choose to be the victor and not a victim. I could choose not to live in my story.
So, how do we move forward? What will it take?
1. Moving with Boldness
2. It's Okay to Feel Uncomfortable
3. Today Not Tomorrow
4. Focus on What You Want
5. Stare Down the Naysayers
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