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Stop Driving With the Brakes On

24 Jun

Have you ever felt like you're driving with the brakes on? Generally moving in the right direction, but never having the momentum to get close enough to grab your dreams? One foot on the gas and the other foot on the brake, stop and go, stop and go... not quite exactly achieving what you want...

I know you want that feeling of ease and flow and momentum, and I also know you can have it.

Release the brake.

Think about how we all have dreams and yet hold ourselves back with our fears and self-limiting beliefs and make life more difficult by making dis-empowering choices.

Most of us don't realize the extent to which we're holding ourselves back by keeping one foot on the brake.

We've become so used to the "I am"-ness of our self-imposed limitations, stuff like "I am no good at..." or "I can't imagine ever being that successful" - and it has become so familiar that we don't pay any attention to it anymore. It starts to feel normal to drive with the brake on.

What do you say to yourself that slows or stops your momentum? If you're ever let any "but...(something negative)" statement stop you, then you have some automatic braking going on!

You think about a dream, all full of enthusiasm and resolve Emotionally your foot is on the gas. You can visualize it and feel the joy. Woohoo! This is going to be great!

And then, a little tought creeps in, But what if I can't do it? and you step on the brake. Wait a minute, you think, am I biting off more than I can chew? I could be setting myself up for a big disappointment!

Maybe you talk yourself back into giving it some gas and let your imagination flow with positive images and feelings... and then you step on the brake again with But I don't think I'm good enough! What am I thinking? I don't have the skills! I don't even know where to start! I don't know how!

It's a rough, jerky, frustrating and disappointing ride that keeps your dreams out of reach!

What if you let go of the brake? What if you quit stopping yourself just when you had some momentum going?

Can you feel the ease and the flow?

So come on.

Take your foot off the brake. 

Free yourself to move toward every one of your dreams!


Practice these two things daily to gently coax yourself to become more confident so you can take your foot off the brake:

1. Give equal or greater time to what can go right. Let go of the habit of automatically envisioning only what can go wrong. What if it all goes perfectly and even better than you planned? What if people come out of nowhere to help you? What if the resources you need appear at exactly the right time? What if you're way more clever and innovative than you think?

2. Be happy. Cultivate a habit of happiness and gratitude right now for what you have and where you are. It's all part of the fun. It's all part of the game. Gratitude leads to happiness and happiness empowers you and opens you to solutions that fear cannot see.

Even making the decision to release the brake, feels good. Go with that feeling!

Explore the many ways that your MindPT sessions can help you release the brakes in ALL areas of your life: prosperity, success, goals, health and wellbeing, relationships, purpose... and start covering the distance to everything you've ever wanted!








Jarmila Gorman

Jarmila Gorman is an ultra-endurance athlete, mother of two, photographer, self-help writer and entrepreneur. She enjoys sharing the secrets of positive self-talk, motivation, a winning mindset and perseverance. Favorite quote: "Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." ~ Yoda

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