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Clearing space a huge motivation in my life. More clear space = more clear life. Easy, right?
But, I must admit, I have walked around for the greater part of my life with what felt like a glass ceiling over my head. No matter how much clear space I had in my life, that glass hovered there, making me feel small.
Have you been there? Are you there now?
It seemed I had nothing stopping me from doing the things I so very much wanted to do, but the ceiling, nevertheless, was hovering. I would get pretty far long in a project and then I would feel myself approaching the invisible wall. It made no sense to me, but I felt it was a very real thing.
I call it a glass ceiling because it seems to not exist, but yet it does.
I feel like I created that piece of glass that boxed me in based purely on habit. I was used to it. The frustration seemed to motivate me. I was the classic underdog from when I was a kid, always coming from behind to wind up ahead… and keeping that ceiling there kept me from ever being in the front of the pack leading my life instead of catching up to it.
Do you feel the same way? Have you been carefully tucked beneath your own glass ceiling?
A few of the many many ways these “glass ceilings” get built:
Being sensible. Sensible is often a way of negotiating fear. “Oh, that is really scary. It’s impractical to take a sabbatical even though I have the opportunity, so I am going to be sensible and stay where I am, stuck in a rut.” Sensible makes sense. I am not suggesting you overthrow the stability in your life, but look out for ways you are being “sensible” instead of being true to yourself. Julia Cameron explains in her groundbreaking book, The Artist’s Way that when people become creatively unblocked, they often look “crazy” to the people around them who are used to seeing them stuck. Don’t be sensible in ways that impede your ability to live life fully. Who cares what anyone says… do your creative thing in a way that feels right to you.
Being realistic. I want to have the word “realistic” thrown out of our vocabulary! What is “realistic” for you & I are so very different, and far too many people have proven that anything is possible, that the somber words ” I have to be realistic” are really another way of saying ” I am too scared to ” fail/succeed/ try” to do anything.”
Being extremely careful. Taking care with things is awesome. Being extremely careful is isolating. When I was a baby, my mother was extremely careful with me. She sterilized everything I would even come in contact with. Everything was boiled and scrubbed, and not a single germ came near me. I got extremely sick, developing unexplained rashes and a cold that wouldn’t go away. Apparently, being “too careful” didn’t allow my immune system to develop strength. Too careful is not a good thing.
I have been watching some of my old You Tube videos myself- a sort of video diary nostalgia!- and this one about breaking through to the next level in life rings very true to me. It was a time over a year ago when my own glass ceiling started to melt. And I would say the same thing about getting out from under self-imposed limitations today, so here it is!
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Loved it!!! Tks Dana for all your tips and positive energy!!
totally understand and sense all you say right here.. so my girlfriend, whom I really love, she’s got that “haze”, smth like usually :/ what’d be your best suggestion on that
OMG Dana you look so cute in this video! Well, what I find, is that sometimes (not always obviously, and usually in the case of boyfriends) these people that drag me down and totally drain my energy and happiness are the people I find most appealing, so what is up with THAT!? No need to reply, I’m just ranting here. Will try to follow your advice, thanks for sharing!
i know. i have been there, big time. but it gets better when you are just unwilling to let yourself put your life into undue chaos 🙂 thank you!!!