Working with another of my fabulous clients this week, Mark reminded me of the story of catching monkeys. Thanks Mark.
How do you catch a monkey?
There are many variations and the theme is similar.
Here are two methods:
- Drill a hole in a coconut large enough for monkeys to put their hand in, but not big enough to allow the hand out, once it has been made into a fist. Empty the coconut of the flesh and juice, etc. and place some fruit in it. Leave the coconut and wait for the monkey to grab for the fruit.
- Drill a hole in the side of a dirt mound. This can be done in full view of curious baboons. Again, the hole is big enough for the open hand to go in, but not big enough to allow the fist out. Place some sweet seeds, etc. in the hole. Wait for the baboon to go to the hole.
In both cases, the monkey and baboon will reach for the treat and grab it with their hand, making a fist. Here’s the interesting thing; even when faced with being caught and potentially losing their lives, they WILL NOT LET GO of the prize.
To secure freedom, all they have to do is let go.
Now what’s this got to do with you?
Is there something you’re not letting go of at the moment?
Perhaps you’re hanging on to some limiting beliefs. Perhaps it’s a relationship or an idea about a relationship or business or product. Maybe you need to forgive someone to let go of your anger.
If you think about it, you’ll probably find that there is something that you are holding onto that is stopping you from moving forward. All you need to do is to Let it Go.
For me, it was being attached to how I earned my income. Countless possibilities presented themselves and yet, I wouldn’t consider them because they didn’t fit my idea of how I thought it should be.
You know I take my own medicine, so I let go of some of my limiting beliefs and a heap of opportunities opened up.
How about you? What are you holding onto that is stopping you from having what you want?
Can you allow yourself to let go and stop acting like a monkey?