What’s your glass ceiling?

My whole life has changed in the last month or so.  Well, one small-but-very-significant part anyway.  My son is now going to Big School.  What this means for me is that I get up an hour earlier (bad news) but have an hour extra to meditate and exercise (good news indeed!).

As I no longer need to leave my village in the morning (school coach leaves from our village.  Oh, the heaven of no longer having to do the school run!) I realised that I could join the rather luxurious hotel spa in our village instead of going to the leisure centre in town as I had been doing.

However, there were some blocks in the way.  Self-created ones.  Firstly, my belief and assumption that I wouldn’t be able to afford it.  Secondly  (and I think this is one that holds so many of us back so much of the time), questioning myself as to whether my life could really be this good.  Could I really start my days with a leisurely swim/gym/sauna at this up-market spa round the corner?

Well, it turned out to be surprisingly affordable (never assume – check it out) so that one was sorted.  So I was left dwelling on this feeling that it was too good to be true.  I’d hit my own glass ceiling.

We often talk about glass ceilings in society – those imposed by our bosses, our companies, our culture. But actually, the glass ceilings which are far more insidious, cause far more heartache and misery, are those we create for ourselves. 

We all see the world through our own self-limiting lenses in terms of what we can and can’t do, can and can’t achieve, can and can’t have.  The problem is that we rarely challenge ourselves and ask if what we believe is really true. 

There’s also the question of our sense of worth and value in the world. It’s OK for me to have this much but could I possibly be a worthwhile, valuable enough person to have more than that?  I believed that my life could only be so good and, if it were to become even better than that, was that OK?  Was I ‘allowed’?  (Yes, it’s amazing how often as adults we still feel that we are or are NOT allowed to do things.)

Once I’d caught this belief and popped through that particular glass ceiling, the air felt very clean and fresh above it.  I’m revelling in my newly enhanced sense of what’s possible, what I can create in my life.  And of course, there’s always another, higher glass ceiling to smash through.

So my question to you is, what’s your current glass ceiling?  The area of your life where you think you can’t have it, it’s not OK for you to want it or feel you simply don’t deserve it?

I want to encourage you to identify it and challenge that belief.  Then grab a mental sledge hammer and smash through it.  Truly, what’s holding you back is no more than your own self-imposed glass ceiling.  I promise you, the air will be that bit sweeter on the other side.

I’d love you to come over to my Facebook page and let me know about your glass ceiling and particularly any that you’ve recently smashed and how you feel as a result.

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