My husband, Jerry, and I often enjoy strolling along the lake shore looking for beach glass that has been smoothed and conditioned from tumbling in the rocks and waves. It is always fun filling Jerry’s pockets with our “loot” on our weekend morning treasure hunts.
On one particularly lucrative excursion, we passed another couple who were also searching for glass nuggets. I joked with them, saying, “Well I hope you left some beautiful pieces for the rest of us!” The woman grinned and shook the bag she was carrying. “Unfortunately,” she complained, “All we could find was the usual green. This beach only seems to have green glass.”
Wait, what? “Oh no”, I corrected her, “This beach is full of clear glass. I wish we could find green!” Jerry reached into his pocket and pulled out our bounty of clear glass, sprinkled with a few tiny pieces of yellow and blue.
The woman then opened her bag, and we were surprised to see her collection of ALL green glass. The four of us looked at each other dumbfounded. Could we really have all been that “color blind”?
What happened next really amazed us. Almost immediately after we parted from this couple, Jerry and I each found two large pieces of green beach glass! Of course, the green glass pieces had been there all along, but we literally didn’t see them because we either didn’t believe they existed or believed they were too rare to find.
This story illustrates why it is so critical to challenge the “stories” that get in the way of what we want for our lives. Just like with the beach glass, if we tell ourselves that something is impossible or improbable, even when an opportunity presents itself, WE WON’T EVEN SEE IT!
We all have limiting beliefs that are the result of making false conclusions about life’s situations. Often these beliefs are so deep-rooted in our subconscious minds that we accept them as truths, and so sometimes flushing them out them can be difficult.
Consider how these common limiting beliefs might hold someone back and prevent them from seeing all of the opportunities that life has to offer…
“I’m not ___________ (smart, young, educated, wealthy) enough to start a new business.”
“At my age, all of the decent men (or women) are already taken.”
“No one can make six-figures in my profession.”
Are you holding onto a limiting belief that is getting in the way of your dream? What false beliefs are you ready to let go of?
Don’t go through life with a pocket full of clear beach glass when there are beautiful colors ready to be picked up along the shore! If your stories are holding you back from what you want for your life, it is time to tell a new story!