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Stop and Go Home
How many of us are in our present circumstances based on things we were
taught as children? Some of those things might have been ingrained into our
mind for a reason, such as safety. But, now that we're adults, are any of
the old rules subconsciously holding us back?
I know a woman who had a little girl named Heather, a blonde haired,
blue eyed exuberant child who pushed her limits. Now, a mother's job is to
protect her daughter from injury and danger. Boundaries were set, as they
should be. When Heather turned five, she wanted to ride her bike out of the
driveway. They lived in a small subdivision with no sidewalks, and mom
wanted to be able to see her at all times. She told her she could go as far
as the stop sign, which was two houses away. The rule was when Heather saw
the stop sign, she would "Stop and Go Home".
The rule worked great; Heather always turned around at the stop sign
and came back home. About a year later, they were headed on a trip - packed
the suitcases, buckled the kids in, and took off. An hour into their
travels, they stopped at an intersection. As they were waiting for their
turn to go, Heather said, "Oh no! Now we gotta go home". She'd seen the
stop sign, and it had been ingrained into her head that it really meant
"STOP and go home"!
Now, the word Stop means do not go progress - do not move forward -
immediately discontinue the action at hand. When we were children, "stops"
were given to us for our safety and well being. But, now that we're grown
up, how many of us still use "stops" as a safety net? What devices that
were used to keep us safely within our boundaries are we hanging on to that
prevents us from advancing?
How often do people begin to get close to realizing their dreams, to
changing their lives, and they hit a "stop sign"? Maybe they "stop" because
there isn't enough money to take the next step, or they are afraid to leave
the certain safety and security of their current job to change careers - the
fear of the unknown. What will happen when you cross the boundaries that
have been ingrained into your thinking?
When you hit a stop, you have two choices: One: Stop, do not move
forward, do not pass go. Stay with the familiar and remain at status quo.
Two: Find that little nudge, that hand in the small of your back, which
gently pushes you to take the first step beyond your present boundaries, for
with each step you take, you are that much closer to achieving your goals
and the realizing your dreams.
Try to look at all the stop signs, and obstacles in your life as
positives. They are opportunities to push your limits, and find a way to
move forward. They are momentary pauses on the path to success!
Keep movin', and keep smilin'..
About the Author: Gregory Scott Reid, #1 best selling author The Millionaire
Mentor, Positive Impact, and co-author Wake up…Live the life you