The Anchor

Two-thousand & nineteen is upon us! And I promise that I won't write a thing about goals, plans, and strategies early in the new year. (Because everyone else will.) But what I would like to talk about are things that are holding you back from true success. I like to call them our anchors.

When a boat or a ship is out at sea, the crew drops an anchor in order for it to hold its place at a specific location. More specifically, an anchor is defined as “a heavy object attached to a rope or chain and used to moor a vessel to the sea bottom, typically one having a metal shank with a ring at one end for the rope and a pair of curved and/or barbed flukes at the other” (Oxford).

The dictionary also identifies this word as “a person or thing that provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation” (Oxford). Someone with whom we all can utilize throughout our lives and careers in order to keep us grounded.

But the analogy of the anchor (from the first definition) for the benefit of this article is something in our lives which prevents us from achieving our goals consistently. It also prevents us from thinking about our goals on a higher plane. Examples of this type of anchor could be our own self-limiting beliefs, scenarios, addictions, or vices of which we know we should part with, but we hold onto for a variety of reasons.

Before you transition into 2019, seriously commit to changing this aspect of your life. The truth is, most of have some type of anchor. We usually don't know it's there or we have blinders on which prevent us from acknowledging it. Therefore, ensure that you are being coached through this by a professional. And of course, if you are not sure where to start, you at least know who you can ask.

Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back. Maybe you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be. ~Candace Bushnell

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