The Only Way We Break Out Of The Braces…

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“Run, Forrest, RUN!!!”

The doctor had diagnosed Forrest Gump with some kind of leg deformity that required, according to the doctor, for young Forrest to wear restrictive metal braces around both of his legs. 

Being 9 or 10 years old, with little confidence and these awkward braces on his legs, Forrest was subject to ridicule and bullying. 

One day, while walking home from school with his female friend Jenny, three boys came riding by on their bicycles to cause some trouble with Forrest. They threw rocks at him, taunting and calling Forrest a “dummy.” 

Forrest took one of the rocks to the face and fell down. Jenny helped him up and advised Forrest to flee the scene. 

“Just run, Forrest. Run away.” 

Forrest took the advice, but those metal braces weren’t made for running. Imagine trying to run without bending your knees. Forrest was trying to get away, but he wasn’t moving very fast. 

The mean boys grabbed their bicycles to give chase. Forrest, sensing the danger he was in, kept trying to run, but there was only so much he could do with the braces and his alleged handicap. 

With the bullies fast on his heels and no other options now, Forrest kept trying and trying to run. Eventually, he was able to bend his knees and bit and pick up a bit of speed. Then a bit more, and more. 

Metal braces aren’t made for bending. The braces gave way, with Forrest literally breaking out of them as he broke into a full sprint, at one point looking down at his legs in surprise at what he just realized he could do. 

Maybe he wasn’t handicapped after all. 

The Only Way We Break Out Of The Braces...

Forrest eventually ran so fast that the mean boys chasing him couldn’t catch him, even on their bicycles. 

Forrest escaped that day, leaving behind the bullies and the alleged handicap to his legs. Later in the story, Forrest went on to play high school and college football, scoring kick-return touchdown after touchdown with his incredible running speed. His supposed weakness became his #1 attribute. 

Most of us are like Forrest Gump with the leg braces. 

Something (an isolated situation or several occurrences) or someone (maybe ourselves?) told us that there was some limit to what we could do, we accepted that limit and we built our lives around this limiting belief(s). 

The unfortunate truth is, most people live their whole lives with these limiting beliefs, never questioning the beliefs and never finding out if they’re actually true or not. That’s because most of us never have to, metaphorically, escape from bullies like Forrest Gump had done. 

Thus, we never have an urgent reason to test our limits. 

We’re never forced to find out if our limiting beliefs are actually true or not. 

So we live as less than what we could be, a bunch of talent and potential — WASTED. 

What’s the alternative? 

Short of a life-threatening situation, terminal disease, or other unexpected surprises, life isn’t going to force you to wake up. 

That’s YOUR job. 

You have to put pressure on yourself to test your own limits. 

You have to accept the truth that you’re probably living as less than what you could be. 

You have to make yourself run, so to speak, even though your leg braces say you’ll never run again. 

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-Dre Baldwin 

Remember: You’re Just One Bold Move Away…