Have you heard the story of the hiker who had rocks in his pocket, chains around his ankles, a brick in each hand and a bale of hay strapped to his back? Yep, and there he was hiking up a hill, hoping to make it to the top by sun fall.
Half way up the hill he came across a fellow who asked, “Why do you have that bale of hay strapped to your back?” The hiker replied, “My gosh, I didn’t realize I had a bale of hay strapped to my back. He immediately removed it and felt wonderfully relieved.
As he continued up the hill, he met a young lady who asked him why he was carrying a brick in each hand, and he said, “Oh my God, I hadn’t noticed.” He immediately dropped them, and it felt exhilarating.
Again, as he advanced upward toward the top of the hill, he ran into a young lad that asked what the point of the chains around his ankle was. He looked down and said, “There is no point, and I’m glad you pointed that out.?” He removed the chains and felt more mobile than ever before.
You guessed it; he then walked past an old gentleman who asked him what was bulging in his pockets. When he realized they were rocks, he emptied his pockets, and for the first time in his life he felt completely free.
As he was made aware of his many burdens (limiting beliefs, fears, doubts and feelings of guilt), he was a new man. He found himself at the top of the hill, ready to take on the challenge of the high mountain next week, and he achieved that vision in half the time he had anticipated.
Now, what in the world does this story have to do with you? You tell me, or better still – tell yourself. What burdens do you need to rid yourself of, so you can climb higher mountains in your life?