“Don’t practice what you don’t want to become.” 

– Jordan Peterson

This is where the concept behind training wheels came into play.

  1. Keeping the bike held upright allowing the child to focus on pedaling while not tipping over.
  2. A bicycle with training wheels gives children more practice riding without worrying about balance.
  3. Training wheels only provide an unnecessary crutch.

In fact, training wheels only teach children how to ride a bike with training wheels!

The Training Wheels Have To Come Off Sometime!

If life is like riding a bike, how many of us live our life with proverbial training wheels?

Living our life with behaviors that hold us back from truly living a strong independent life.

Life is hard, so we fall into habits, lifestyles, routines that keep us in a bubble.

Humans are inherently lazy, which may be a trait left over from our ancestors’ days of conserving energy for the next hunt.

If we follow our innately human instincts, is that really living?

What do some of those ‘keeping us safe and not falling’ training wheels look like?

“Life can be like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

– Albert Einstein

Addictions

People with addiction lose control over their life. The main purpose of their life is to seek out addictive substances no matter what the cost. Addiction actually changes the brain and how you look at life. You also lose the ability to recognize the harms. So, this way of life becomes the status quo, numbing yourself to life and its challenges.

Getting involved with addictions at an early age hinders the maturing process. You get used to those substances like training wheels to carry you through life.  For total mental maturity those addictions need to go.

“Assume that every problem in your life is a lesson that makes you stronger. Then you never feel like a victim.”

– Andrew Matthews

Fears

One of the biggest obstacles to reaching our goals is fear. Fear is an emotion that overrides our intelligence. It stops us from living an evolving life. People often fail to recognize the impact of fear because they don’t even recognize its in their life.

On a positive note, fear is a powerful force to keep us safe. However, it’s also a very limiting mental block that can prevent us from achieving the life we want. Fear keeps challenging our possibilities.

“Embrace the struggle and let it make you stronger. It won’t last forever.”

-Tony Gaskins

Low self esteem

Low self-esteem is a common cause of depression. People don’t show up as the best version of themselves because they may not even know what that best self looks like.

Focus on accomplishing goals, it elevates your self-esteem and you begin to feel that you are really good at things. This takes action but leads to further happiness and greater success in all things.

We all have a purpose; you need to find out what yours is.  Accomplishment is a boundless motivator.

Apathy

Apathy describes an absence of feeling or emotion. This indifference can affect your motivation and leave you feeling detached from the world.

Apathy is a way to cope with stress. Being able to “shrug off” and pretend you don’t care.  Disappointments are considered a way of life. You can never achieve your budding potential in this state of mind.

Apathy is a way of coasting through complications and checking out of life.

Limited Vision

Nothing was ever created without taking the time to generate a vision. A vision of what we are hoping to accomplish is paramount for success.

To achieve your vision or goal, you can start by setting small, attainable goals as stepping stones.

If you don’t take the time to do action, life will be a bumpy ride and you could end up in the ditch.

Comfortable Lifestyle

Do you know what the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve a better life is? The silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started?

That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the life boxes you’ve set for yourself.

The comfort zone is an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone.

Excuses

Do you refuse to take responsibility?

Blaming others changes nothing. Take responsibility for your situation and the changes you need to make can change everything.  You make excuses when it comes to eating healthier, exercising, or getting that promotion. In other words, you use your excuses to rationalize your actions.

  • I’m not smart enough.
  • I don’t know influential people.
  • I come from a poor background.
  • I have no talents.
  • I don’t have the support.
  • I’m too old.

“The road to nowhere is paved with excuses.”

– Mark Bell

Summary

All these conditions can be holding you back, keeping you in a bland life.  Not wanting to change your safe space.

When life has its challenges, it takes a seasoned qualified person who has lived life to power through successfully.

I’ve witnessed people that step up and survive tremendous challenges and I have witnessed others that hide behind their limitations.

When you hear that annoying quote “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, it’s actually true.

If we are constantly hiding from life, we are not building our emotional muscles.

Living your best life is really learning how to take control of your inner power and owning who you want to be.

It takes time to become your vision of an ideal person. Recognizing change that might be limiting your growth is a leap towards success. Just knowing that you are on your way is the beginning of your best life.

So, we can say ‘Life its like riding a bike’ to mean that once you learn how to do something, you never forget it.

Keep the momentum, keep moving forward.


“You’re going to be happy says life, but first I’ll make you strong”

– Paulo Coelho
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