Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Have you ever been driving your car and suddenly realized you had left the emergency brakes on? Did you push down harder to overcome the drag of the brakes? No, of course not. You simply released the brakes and with no extra effort you started to go faster. Most people drive through life with their psychological emergency brake on.
They hold on to negative images about themselves or suffer the effects of powerful experiences they haven’t yet released. They stay in a comfort zone entirely of their own making. They maintain inaccurate beliefs about reality or harbour guilt and self-doubt. And when they try to achieve their goals, these negative images and preprogrammed comfort zone always cancel out their good intention- no matter how hard they try.
I shared this powerful story in my book, The Untapped Treasures. A baby elephant is trained at birth to be confined to a very small space. It’s trainer will tie its leg with a rope to a wooden post planted deep in the ground. This confines the baby elephant to an area determined by the length of the rope- the elephant’s comfort zone.
Though the baby elephant will initially try to break the rope, the rope is too strong, and so the baby elephant learns that it can’t break the rope. It learns that it has to stay in the area defined by the length of the rope. When the elephant grows into a five tone colossus that would easily break the same rope, it doesn’t even try because it learned as a baby that it couldn’t break the rope. In this way, the largest elephant can be confined by the just little rope.
This story shows that potential champions and news makers can be limited by their thought, belief system and their comfort zone. Your mind convinced you that you cannot achieve any meaningful thing in life and you agreed. You have concluded that you’re a failure. Right now you’re imprisoned by your own thought because you chose to believe a lie. No wonder you’re relaxing in your comfort zone.
Look at how people gets imprisoned. Our limiting thoughts create images in our mind, those images govern our behaviour, which in turn reinforces that limiting thought. The moment you believe that someone like you cannot be successful, that thought creates an image, and before you know it, you’re behaving according to the content of your thought. Until you get rid of that particular thought that created a negative image in your mind, you cannot change your life.
Imaging thinking that you are going to forget your lines when you have to give a presentation at work. The thought stimulates a picture of you forgetting a key point. The image creates an experience of fear. The fear clouds your thinking, which makes you forget one of your key points, which reinforces your self-talk that you can’t speak in front of groups. You will end up saying, “See, I knew I would forget what I was supposed to say. I can’t speak in front of groups.”
Jack Carnfeild said that, “As long as you keep complaining about your present circumstances, your mind will focus on it. By continually talking about, thinking about, and writing about the way things are, you are continually reinforcing those very neutral pathways in your brain that got you to where you are today. And you are continually sending out the same vibrations that will keep attracting the same people and circumstances that you have already created.
To change this cycle, you must focus instead on thinking, talking, and writing about the reality you want to create. You must flood your unconscious with thoughts and images of this new reality. You can use affirmations and positive self-talk to affirm already having what you want, doing what you want, and being the way you want. You can simply change your behaviour.”
The number one force that has imprisoned potential pacesetters is the comfort zone. The comfort is a prison people live in- a largely self-created prison. It consists of the collection of can’ts, must nots, and other unfounded beliefs formed from all the negative thoughts and decisions you have accumulated and reinforced during your lifetime. You deliberately trained yourself to limit your own self based on the thoughts and images that pervades your unconscious mind.
Dear friend, the comfort zone is not meant for you. Stop talking as if you are the only person on earth that is going through challenges. The more you talk and think about your challenges in the negative way, the more you are programming your mind to believe in a lie. The moment it becomes an image in your mind, you have successfully agreed to stay in a prison.
Break out of that prison right now. Say to yourself, I am too loaded to be stranded. How can a star like me accept the worst instead of going for the best? I am moving forward right now. I will succeed in this life. I am not a failure, I am a winner. Today is the last day I will ever stay in this self-created prison. I will never relax again until my generation begin to feel the heat of my impact. Yesterday is in tomb, today is a brand new day. I am finally free from self-created prison.
I want to close today’s discussion by quoting what God said to the Jews when they left Egypt, got to Mount Sinai and relaxed. “Back at Horeb, God, our God, spoke to us: “You’ve stayed long enough at this mountain. On your way now. Get moving. Head for the Amorite hills, wherever people are living in the Arabah, the mountains, the foothills, the Negev, the seashore—the Canaanite country and the Lebanon all the way to the big river, the Euphrates. Look, I’ve given you this land. Now go in and take it. It’s the land God promised to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their children after them.” Deuteronomy 1:6-8. (MSG). It is time to break out of your comfort zone and recover your enviable destiny. See you at the top!
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