For the past few months I’ve been subscribed to a website that sends you everyday an inspirational quote. Today I got this one in my mail box “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself” and immediately it made me think.
We hear this often but still we do it everyday all over again. Only you can stop yourself from reaching your goals. Only you can stop yourself from living life at it’s fullest. But still we allow ourselves to do this by building walls of lies, fear, perceptions coloured by worst case scenario or past events. It’s like we are entitled to our self destruction.
I agree, Walls are necessary and part of our lives because without them there won’t be any breakthrough and we do it to protect ourselves. But if it reaches a point where it will stop you from enjoying life you might want to start grabbing the hammer and break down some of those walls.
If you want to be successful, there’s literally nothing stopping you aside from the walls you’ve built for yourself.
Nelson Mandela found joy and peace in a jail cell. Anne Frank found joy and peace in an attic. Thoreau found joy and peace in an isolated forest. So many others find joy and peace in the midst of poverty, seclusion, illness, divorce, job loss, bankruptcy, and natural disaster.
Thus you are not alone. There are thousands—if not millions—of people around the world struggling with the same fears, insecurities, and walls that you have right now.
The difference between those who are ultimately successful and those who are not?
They are great at breaking down pre-existing walls and preventing new ones from going up. They knew the secret: everything they wanted was waiting for them on the other side of the walls they built.
You’re no different.
So if there’s something you want to change…
Go grab your hammer.