I was re-reading the book The Spark, by Chris Downie. In the introduction he related the story of an elephant tied as a young animal to a tether which he could not break. As he grew the tether got stronger until the elephant finally stopped fighting because he knew he'd never break this bond. In time, a two-ton animal can be held by a thin rope becasue they 'learned' they can't get free.
This an old but profound illustration about how we too can be forced into submission and/or unhealthy lifestyles without even being aware of it. What an appropriate story to open this book. It is a reminder for us to wake up - look at the tethers holding us - and realizing - " I can break this tether. Nothing can hold me back!"
Such an empowering thought. And such a profound reality that, with some acceptance, we realize we are inherently stronger than anything trying to hold us fast. We can accomplish our goals whatever they might be.
Each time I feel held back, I try to remember to look down at my ankle, see a tether, and snap free of it. That is a strong visual for me and perhaps it may help you as well.
As a 'healer', if I recognize another 'elephant' being held back needlessly, I endeavor to help them break their tether too. Do you have any tethers holding you back? Check your ankle; it is probably only a small tether holding you in place.