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What Are Your Mental Constraints?

Over the past few weeks a picture has been circulating on social media forums that is quite comical. This picture is humorous, because it provides an interesting illustration and perspective of how a mental constraint can impact behavior.

Sometimes the chains that prevent us from being free are more mental than physical.

Sometimes the chains that prevent us from being free are more mental than physical.

Whenever I see this picture on a social forum I always take a moment to read the comments. Most of the comments look as follows:

The majority of people who see this picture seem to appreciate the hilarity of the horse‘s situation and it’s correlation to human behavior. Yet, I wonder how many people took the time to look inward and conduct an internal investigation on their own behavior

If you saw that picture, did you take a moment to ensure that the horse tethered to a plastic chair, didn’t represent a set of similar mental constraints in your own life?

As human beings, it’s so easy for us to identify when someone else may have a shortcoming. Our default tendency is to focus on other’s opportunities, while completely neglecting our own.

 

We can point at the horse tethered to a plastic chair and chuckle, but if we aren’t constantly evaluating our own shortcomings and development opportunities, our laughter could be camouflaging our own constrained circumstance.

You feel trapped...and all you have to do is tug!

You feel trapped…and all you have to do is tug!

Please, don’t be the elephant restrained by a thin stick, laughing at the horse tethered to a plastic chair!

When you find yourself ready to make a judgement about someone else…STOP!

Ask yourself: Can I be judged for the same behavior in the past, present or near future?

We all have been just like this horse or that elephant.

We all are powerful, regal and great, yet we’ve all been constrained by lack of confidence, ignorance or fear at some point in our lives.

 

When we did break free of a mental constraint, we didn’t do it alone. We got help!

It took a parent, friend, mentor, speaker, author and/or coach to help us see the limitations of the mental constraints in our lives. Those are the people who told us to dig deeper, push harder and never give up!

Now it’s our turn to be that person to another.

When you find yourself ready to make a judgement about someone else…STOP!
Instead, do a self assessment:

  • What development opportunities might you have?
  • Where is a mental constraint in your own life holding you back?

As you develop and get the help you need, be that help for someone else.
Reserve judgement and keep the focus on your own self-development.

Let’s all keep learning and stay inspired, it’s a lifestyle choice!

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