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If you put a flea in a jar and put a lid on the jar, initially the flea will jump around and hit it's head on the lid of the jar for a certain period of time until it learns the boundaries of the jar. After a few days the fleas learn the limitations of where the lid is, and you can remove the lid from the jar but the flea will continue to jump at the adjusted height, and never jump out again because it's been conditioned by its environment.
Humans are like fleas. We start out young, confident, and have dreams and aspirations. Along the way, our thinking conditions us to operate and live within the limitations of our environment, and we begin to adjust to the limits others have set for us as if we are fleas in the jar. We have limiting paradigms about our work, house, boss, economy, family, self - that are keeping us in the jar even when there are no limitations.
When we operate within limiting paradigms we are confined and limited in ways we may not even recognize. Gaining emotional awareness helps you recognize limiting beliefs and enables you to live beyond the limits of the imaginary lid, and pursue your dreams!