My wife and I have been enjoying the TV show called Pitch. It’s about a young woman who breaks into Major League Baseball as a pitcher…and her difficult journey of being accepted as a legitimate player. In a recent episode, she melted down on social media calling her position a “Prison.”
Does that seem odd to you? That a person in a position of power and prestige would feel imprisoned? Isn’t she actually in a palace? Isn’t she being treated like royalty? (lots of media coverage, huge monetary awards like Nike contracts, etc.)
Actually, both are true. Her status as the first female major league pitcher is BOTH a prison AND a palace. Along with the rewards of the opportunity come restrictions, boundaries, requirements, and limitations. She has sacrificed many of her freedoms to achieve that huge accomplishment.
That can be true for many of our lives. We don’t have to be in professional sports to feel trapped.
- Is it a prison or a palace to be an owner of your own business?
- Is it a prison or a palace to be married to the same person for 50 years?
- Is it a prison or a palace to be someone like Mother Theresa or Billy Graham?
It all depends on your point of view. Both can be true at different times. It all depends on your perspective.
So, here is the secret to being successful in life. When you are feeling trapped, Learn how to talk yourself out of the prison and into the palace. Learn how to manage your internal dialogue and remind yourself how lucky you really are. Otherwise – when the prison walls start closing in – that is when you make the really bad life decisions.
So, when you are feeling your worst, start painting the picture that reminds you of your good fortune. Do not let the “prison voice” win.
Thanks for listening.