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***NEW*** Free Yourself from the Chains of Self-inflicted Scarcity

It is hard to free yourself if you love or do not recognize the chains that limit your potential to live a life of abundance. However, only when you break those chains or question your assumptions, can you enjoy all the richness of life.

Your journey to a life of enrichment begins the moment you ask yourself, ?Is this the best I can do with my life? Am I appreciating the blessing of talents, gifts and even material blessings that God has bestowed on me?? If your answer to either or both of these questions is no, then that?s good news. You are aware you can do better.

My chain was simple. I accepted it, owned and proudly carried it. It was innocently placed on me with one short sentence: ?Brother, don?t worry. You can only wear one pair of shoes at a time.? That was it. Over twenty years later it occurred to me that if you have more than one pair, you can choose which pair to wear. And if you have several pairs, they last longer. You can also give some of your shoes to poor people.

I had just graduated from college when I visited the home of one of the leaders in the department where I was to begin my career. I immediately noticed many pairs of shoes lining two walls of his guest room. When I shared with another colleague my shock that someone could possibly own so many pairs of shoes, the short comment he made became the chain (living life of scarcity) I carried for years. He said even if I owned those shoes I could only wear one pair at a time.

The truth of his comment is unquestionable. My childhood experience was the fertile ground that let that seed of one pair of shoes germinate and control my behavior for years.

My father believed if we had shoes and long trousers before being admitted to high school, our education would suffer. We would be distracted and have nothing to live up to. In our high school years, he bought us one pair of Safari boots for each year. Those boots were our all-purposes, all-seasons shoes.

So when my colleague said I could only wear one pair at time, it was a truth that made sense to me only because my mind was stuck in a past I didn?t care for and never wanted to relive.

For years I resisted the ownership of several pairs of shoes using a casually stated comment for my justification.

What is your justification for not wanting the best in life for yourself and your loved ones? Is there something wrong with living a comfortable (even though comfort means different things to different people) life? What is bad about enjoying the fruits of your creativity, hard work and endurance?

You must cast aside the chains that tie you to living a life of scarcity when you could be enjoying your blessings. There is nothing unspiritual about enjoying the blessings God has blessed us with.

By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku, motivational speaker and author of Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life is an expert who works with organizations to increase productivity through leadership and employee development programs. Contact him at www.overcomingbuffaloes.com or (208) 376-8724

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