Continuing with Principle #5 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Believe in Yourself”, I set the intention today to ponder the question: Am I free to do what I want? Like yesterday, this has a yes and no answer. In some areas I am supported in what I want to do, while in others, I let judgement by others (AND myself) stop me. I find I can easily talk myself out of anything. And I know that part of me is doing it to protect me…keep me safe and comfortable…under the guise of fear. But am I really safe? Am I really comfortable. Not if I’m feeling pulled to push myself further or feeling stuck in old patterns.
Growing up I remember being told “you don’t want to do that” whenever I had an idea or project I wanted to pursue. And now as an adult, some part of me has continued that mantra. Time to change it. Maybe to something like: “Let’s Do It!”
So how about you? Do you let others determine whether you go after what you want? More importantly do you stop yourself from moving forward with what you want? Where did that come from? If that stopping voice were a person standing in front of you, how would you respond to them? (these are great questions for me as well.)
“The only real prison is fear.— Aung San Suu Kyi
And the only real freedom
is freedom from fear.”
I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala to color at MandalaoftheWeek.com.