Off One’s Leash
I had a cartoon in mind when I thought about writing this article. In my inner vision, I was remembering a animated film of a dog that spends every day charging at passers-by, only to be stopped by the rope attached to his collar. Then one day, his owner forgets to tie him up: when someone walks by, he does his usual guard dog rush, only to stop at the ‘normal’ end of his rope, even though there is no rope!
It’s what we do to ourselves, most of the time.
We Call It a Conscience
It’s actually our ego acting out our worst fears. I’ve often said that our ego makes a great servant but a terrible master. And there are even some who will admit that the uncontrolled ego will try to destroy your life, just to be able to say, “I told you so…”
Now, I’m not advocating that you climb Mount Everest and then try to ski down the other side, but it is OK to go out on a limb every once in a while, just to remind yourself that you’re still alive. If you’re the cautious type, weigh up the consequences but don’t throw away the chance to have a little fun.
Go Easy on Yourself
We definitely whip ourselves into a frenzy when we think we’re failing at life. Why do we even do that?
No matter how ‘bad’ you think you’re doing, the critic of your life is probably the Parental figure in your head. You’re probably replaying something your mother or father said to you when you were still young. But you’re an adult now: you don’t need that program running every day.
Life is a Journey
I think that the real key to living a successful life is to remain positive. Listen, if you must, to that nagging doubt, but then do it anyway. Even if your fail, you win, because no experience is ever wasted, and the only thing that you’ll regret is not trying.