As Paddington is trekking across the frozen terrain of Antarctica, the coldest, windiest continent on Earth, he sees storm clouds amassing off in the distance. A hellacious blizzard is on the way.
As the storm clouds grow darker and bear down on him, Paddington begins harvesting blocks of ice to build a small igloo. He sets the first row in place and begins building on it, leveling and shaping the walls as he completes his shelter.
The blizzard hits hard but Paddington is safe in his igloo even as it is blasted by snow and ferocious winds.
The next day Paddington is staring at the inside of his igloo and it seems to him as if the igloo is getting smaller. He shakes off the feeling, attributing it to his exhaustion.
On the third day, he experiences that same sensation of uneasiness that the igloo is getting smaller and smaller, that the walls of his shelter are closing in on him.
And they are. Paddington realizes that with each breath he exhales, the moisture from his lungs is condensing and freezing on the inside of the walls, and that the walls are getting thicker and that his igloo is gradually smothering him.
The point of the Paddington story is that there are many patterns of behavior in our lives, and beliefs that we hold, that served us well at some point, but that as times change and as we grow, those behaviors and beliefs that once protected us or helped us get through tough times become self-limiting and smother us, as Paddington’s igloo was doing to him.
In business, the markets in every industry are changing so quickly that unless business people are adapting just as quickly, instead of clinging to what worked for them in the past, they will soon be former businesses.
The same is true for you personally. It is too easy to hold onto beliefs and behaviors that served you well at some point in the past, or got you through difficult times, but as you’ve grown, acquired new skills, and now have more wisdom about yourself and the world, you want to appreciate and be grateful for those behaviors and beliefs that served you well in the past, but recognize that they are self-limiting, let them go, and adopt new behaviors and beliefs that will free you to grow and develop. By doing so you will be able to experience more joy, happiness, love, or whatever it is that you are looking for, than you could have ever possibly imagined.
Want to fly? Let go of your limiting beliefs. Spread your wings!