We all are. You’re not alone. It’s a prison of your own making, but you created it so long ago you couldn’t possibly have known.
The prison? Habits. Habits of thoughts, emotions, behavior and attention. Habits that formed and imprinted from childhood, based on behavior and strategies that worked long ago.
These habits are great for navigating through life… until suddenly they’re not.
You run into a situation that isn’t friendly to your primary strategy, and all of a sudden you’re reminded (or told for the first time) that you see 360 degrees of reality through a narrow frame. A very narrow frame.
This habituated way of experiencing life helped you survive and get somewhere, but in adulthood it becomes an invisible prison.
Abraham Maslow said, “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”
If all you have is a single coping strategy, then all the world becomes distorted to match the only “coping tool” in your toolbox.
But what if you could see a bigger slice of that 360 degrees of life?