When was the last time you thought about what is keeping you from doing what you want and being who you want to be? If you are like a lot of other people, it has probably been too long since you really sat down and mulled it over. I am not talking about the things you blame for holding you back and use as scape goats. A person obsessed with poker isn’t being forced to play by a casino any more than you are being forced to sleep by your bed. The constant scramble to win more poker chips is indicative of a much deeper issue that he needs to work through by first admitting it to himself.
The things that hold us back more than anything are our emotional baggage and our fears. The barbed wire fence that has been built in our minds to keep us from being as free and creative is only an idea. These restrictions we forced upon us by the world around us and we can break free with just a little push. The barbs might dig into our clothes and skin as they try to keep us in line, but we can’t stops trying for fear of a little pain. We may try to convince ourselves that the barbed wire is there to keep us safe from the dangers of the world, but that’s a lie we tell ourselves to make us feel better. We become addicted to the safety of inactivity because if we can keep doing the same routine over and over without changing then we can know what to expect. In this way, we are not so different than the gambler and his poker chip sets. You have to know when it’s time to cut your losses, jump the fence and break free.