"Fences in your Mind!" Excerpt from Living a Five Star Life by Betty Mahalik

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Fences in your Mind
Excerpt from Living a Five Star Life
by Betty Mahalik, Just wanted to share this for you the Warriors!

I've watched the movie Chicken Run at least a half-dozen times. Just beneath the surface of its simplistic look and story line lie a number of wonderful messages told through the eyes of a bunch of Claymation chickens trying to break out of their chicken-wire world to escape their fate at the chopping block. Their freedom leader, a feisty little hen named Ginger, comments profoundly in one scene: "the fences are all in your mind." She reminds her fellow chickens (and us), that a bigger obstacle than the physical fences they're surrounded by are the mental fences that hold them captive.

It's been a good reminder for me on those occasions when I've been dealing with my own mental fences...those created by self-doubt, uncertainty, fear. Can you relate? Where have you fenced yourself in mentally in recent days or weeks? Perhaps your mental fence is procrastination, a deadening habit that keeps you stuck. Maybe yours, like mine, is related to self-doubt, and the on-going internal noise it produces that keeps you immobilized. Perhaps yours is the belief that you don't deserve success, so you sabotage yourself to avoid having to find out how successful you could be. There are a million variations of the theme, but the result is still the same: we stay stuck like the chickens in the movie.

One of the key questions in the Best Year Yet program is: "How do I limit myself and how can I stop?" Those limitations are never external. They always live inside us. The antidote to being trapped by our mental fences is to create a compelling enough vision that, like Ginger and her flock of chicken friends, we're willing to resort to amazing measures to break out. The formula:

VISION + CONSISTENT ACTION = FREEDOM!
I challenge you to take some bold, even outrageous steps to break free of your mental fences. If it's procrastination, declare a "freedom day" and take action on everything you've been putting off: from cleaning your office to making phone calls or responding to emails you've avoided.

If it's self-doubt, sit down and write out everything you value and why it's important. Then challenge yourself to eliminate anything that doesn't absolutely reflect your values, or add something that is a profound statement of who you are.

FREEDOM IS JUST THE OTHER SIDE OF ACTION.
Recognize that your mental fences can only keep you stuck as long as you're looking at them. They can only contain you as long as you're not taking actions consistent with your vision. Go ahead, take the action you've avoided and leap into a future filled with possibilities. And remember, the fences are all in your mind!

Keep Winning!!
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  • Profile picture of the author evansjanet
    good post,,,
  • Profile picture of the author dardar
    I best go see that film,I think.

    Thank you,that was good.
  • Profile picture of the author julianaberry
    thanks for the share
  • Profile picture of the author zelgly2
    Really a good post. I have seen the movie Chicken Run but i did'nt see it in this perspective. with your post i came to know the depth of the movie and i would like to watch it again.of course mental fences draw line in our mind and does not let us to win. apart from these there are also other emotional factors which does not let us do what we want. thanks for sharing and starting my day in a positive note.
  • Profile picture of the author robert88
    A legitimate very good publish. I've witnessed the particular movie Rooster Work however my spouse and i did'nt notice in this view. with your publish my spouse and i came to know the particular depth with the movie as well as i would like to observe that once again. obviously thought fencing draw series in your brain as well as does not why don't we to get. in addition to these kind of there are also various other emotive elements which does not why don't we do what we should need. thank you intended for giving as well as commencing my personal time within a positive be aware.

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