Today I want to talk about the power of metaphors, and how a simple metaphor can change the way you look at a problem.
We become numb to inspirational things because they’re around us all of the time.
Someone sent this to me in a text however and immediately it had an impact on me.
“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you down with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”
Many of us use certain metaphors for the problems we have:
“Things weighing me down.”
“Stresses on my shoulders.”
“I can’t move for all the problems I have.”
People get ‘paralysed’ by their fears and problems, which stops them from doing anything simply because of the way they look at it.
If you think of the idea of pulling an arrow back before it shoots, the tension in the string gives the arrow its spring and lift – and you can only get that tension by pulling it back.
I know that so much of the drive I have has come from experiences; the ups and downs my dad went through, going bankrupt one minute having money the next…
All of which made me go into school saying that I was going to conquer the world and that I’d always make sure I built a stable grounding financially in life.
While other people were letting their problems weigh them down, for me it was making that string tighter and tighter so that when eventually I let go, I had a huge amount of momentum behind me.
This is a simple message, but I really want you to take it on board.
I know you have problems right now. They may be work problems, family problems, relationship problems, health problems – but every one of them can either be used to weigh you down, or can make that rope so taut that when you let it go, you’re going to spring into something much greater.
Problems aren’t going to disappear, but the way we use them and the momentum they can create can be completely different depending on which metaphor you use.
I hope you can make use of this change in language in your life.
Question Of The Day:
What big problem in your life right now can you turn around with this metaphor?
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6 Replies to “Do You Let Your Problems Paralyse Or Empower You? (iHeartRadio)”
Once again hearing you talk about flipping your thought pattern into a different mindset is exactly what I need to get myself back on track. Love you posting your radio show clips on YouTube as I cannot access the show from here in Scotland – this does the trick! Keep creating :)
Matt i Really need your help i just heard that my crush is planing to live out of erbil I really can’t live without him being around plz help me do smth that changes his mind :(
Thank you SO much for sharing this! When I heard you talk about this quote right now, my body reacted to it, which rarely happens but always means something. I felt myself getting exited about something I never thought I would, because I felt stuck for ages. But now I`m kind of happy about it and looking forward for the rubber hitting the road or maybe a little bit more time of gaining momentum…I´m going to appreciate both now. So thank you very much and a happy and successful new year for you and your team:)
Matthew Hussey! I probably watched 40+ of your videos over the past 2 days and I just want to say this: You’re definitely not just the dating guy…you’re a life coach! A wise dude…too wise for your age in fact. :P I’ve been reading a lot abt personal development the past one year but I’ve learnt more from you the past 2 days. You’ve also reminded me a lot I used to know but have forgot to practise them. Thank you!
I appreciate, cause I discovered just what I used to be having a
look for. You have ended my four day long hunt! God
Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye
Thank you Matthew! I needed this! If I’m that wind-up car then I’m going to be winning F1 soon! ;-)
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