October 9, 2012

What’s Holding You Back? ~ Sheetal Deo

Capability vs. Ability

If we agree on the premise that we are all at least capable of change, why aren’t more people able to change? What’s the reason? Is there one, or are there multiple?

Will, Wisdom and Action.

Ability can largely be influenced by will, wisdom and action: the will, or desire to change, the wisdom or knowledge as to what to do, and the action of doing it. We are capable of learning and capable of doing. What cannot be taught however, is passion. This rests with the individual. What can be taught is how to remove obstacles or mental barriers that block, or discourage that passion.

A practical and efficient exercise to remove obstacles, invigorate your passions and re-establish a fluid stream of will, wisdom and action, is visualization.

Visualize it. What is stopping you? Actually spend some time on this. I ask again; what’s stopping you?

Is it a wall? Do you imagine everything you want on the other side of this brick wall? If that’s the case, visualize a door, visualize yourself walking up to it and visualize yourself opening it.

Is it a mountain? Okay, start climbing. Visualize yourself scaling that mountain and reaching the top. Visualize the view. Visualize your change. Visualize your success.

Have you let someone stand in your way, or felt inferior to someone else? Lived in someone else’s shadow? Picture that person. Visualize a poster of that person with all the attributes you associate with them, attributes you desire, written on that same poster. Visualize yourself breaking through that poster, walking through it and taking with you all those attributes.

Visualization is a powerful tool.

Most often, we have used its powers for evil and visualized everything that could go wrong and have let that prevent or paralyze us. In this sense, many of us are already familiar with its power. Learn to use power for your own gains. We need not steal, crave or try to create power, we must recognize how to use the existing powers to our advantage.

Anytime, and every time your change, or journey seems arduous, take a breath, close your eyes, change your mind state. Re-associate your journey to your goals.

It is possible. With will, wisdom and action, if you are willing, then you are able.

So again, what’s holding you back?

Absolutely nothing.



A lover of music, Sheetal Deo can’t sing, so she writes instead. She is a writer, blogger, philotherapist (using philosophy in therapy) and soon-to-be bad-ass corporate lawyer, (because a personal-development/self-help career is gonna need funding from somewhere). She is passionate about learning and growing—personally, professionally, physically and spiritually. Visit her page thephilotherapist.wordpress.com or drop her a line at [email protected].


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