Power Thought: Are you trapped by soda cans?

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Only you make your limitations

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“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”
~ Les Brown

What this quote means to women entrepreneurs:
I approached this week’s Power Thought a little differently that usual. Instead of finding a quote and interpreting it, I had a message I wanted to share and found a quote to suit it.

I recently saw this video where a Shih Tzu is surrounded by soda cans and no matter how much it is motivated to get out, it just can’t figure out how. It isn’t until it accidentally backs up into the cans, thus knocking them down, that it gets out.

This is a perfect analogy for how many of us live our lives. There are things we want and they are right there on the other side of a row of virtual soda cans made of false beliefs about ourselves, our capabilities and our situation. We allow fear to keep us from moving forward and claiming what is right there for us to claim.

I know I’ve done this many times. In fact, when I finally have the gumption to knock down or jump over my soda cans, I’ve been chagrined at just how easy it was to do.

What is keeping you back from unleashing the unstoppable power of you? Are you buying into what others say about you? Are you letting others — or yourself — “should” all over you?

The same day I watched that Shih Tzu video, I also re-watched a lovely documentary called Finding Joe, which talks about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and how it applies to each and every one of our lives. Each of us experiences a “call to adventure” a nudge (or sometimes rather uncomfortably strong shove) from the Universe to step outside of our status quo and venture out into a newer, grander, larger version of ourselves. We face some obstacles along the way, but if we preserver, we eventually triumph and realize we had the strength all along. This is the standard story of the hero, from Gilgamesh to Luke Skywalker and every hero before, between and beyond.

For non-epic heros — a.k.a. you and me — the monsters on our quest are soda cans. Fear and doubt make them look like insurmountable pillars, but they are just soda cans. If you can pause long enough to get grounded and see your obstacles for what they are, you become unstoppable.

And remember, you are the only one who is truly stopping you.

comment Now It’s Your Turn:
Do you agree with my interpretation of today’s quote? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on the metaphorical soda cans of our lives? Based on what you just read, do you have any plans for going on your next Hero’s Journey? Please share your thoughts, experiences and sage wisdom in a comment below.


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