One day, employees at a company got to the office and saw a big sign on the door that read:
“Yesterday, the person who has been holding you back from success at this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral currently in progress at the gymnasium.”
Many of the employees shook their heads at first, saddened by the fact that one of their colleagues had passed away.
But as they made their way over to the gym, they began to get curious as to who this employee was.
- Was it that annoying account manager who told the stories that had no point?
- Was it some renegade secretary that was throwing away important memos and documents?
- Was it even some Vice President who had been embezzling funds?
The closer they got to the gym, the more curious they got.
As they entered the gym, they saw that many of their fellow employees were already there, standing in line to pay their respects.
But the eye-opening part was, as soon as each employee looked inside the coffin, the others could see that the viewer became shocked and silent, as if they had just seen a ghost.
And this just added to the intrigue of the deceased individual.
So as each employee approached the coffin, they felt an overwhelming sense of anticipation.
Can you guess who was inside the coffin?
You see, what the employees found was not actually an employee, but a mirror.
Everyone who looked inside the coffin saw themselves.
Next to the mirror was a sign that said:
“There is only one person capable of holding you back from the success you desire and deserve: that person is YOU.
Only YOU have the power to either achieve your goals or prevent yourself from achieving them.
You are responsible for your own life, and you begin your journey to success the moment you put to death the part of you that thinks you can’t.
So to that doubting, fearful, restrictive side that is holding you back from success… rest in peace.”
The only thing standing between you and your success is the belief that you can’t have it.
And that belief might not be working for you anymore.
However, many of our beliefs are like childhood friends. They may have worked so well for us in the past. The idea of letting them die can feel like a part of us has to die. And in a sense, that is true, because we are so identified with our beliefs that we feel they are who are are.
But our beliefs are not who we are. They are simply our beliefs. And they change: ever believe in Santa Claus?
It is possible for you to go from “I can’t” to “I can and I will!” But it takes a willingness to think differently and in a way that might be uncomfortable at first.
What beliefs are holding you back that need to be re-examined and released?
Try this: find a belief that you know is not true anymore yet seems to be still pulling your strings. Write it out on a piece of paper.
Then create a ritual. You can make a small fire and burn the paper with the intention of releasing the belief. Say goodbye to it as the smoke rises in the air. Or, you can fold the paper up in some cloth and bury it, with a little headstone that reads: HERE LIES A BELIEF THAT I — USED TO KNOW, NOW IT’S TIME TO LET IT GO. Then, walk away as you affirm your new, more empowering belief.
I’ll let you decide how you want to do it, but do something! If you need help, let me know.
When they finally do lay you to rest, refuse to be buried, as Les Brown says, with “hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, books that were never written, songs that were never sung, inventions that were never shared, cures that were never discovered…”
Only you can give them life, and it starts with your belief.
Special thanks to James Lee.