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When most people think about the word bondage, they tend to think about physical bondage, i.e. being captured, enslaved, or jailed. However, I believe mental bondage is a worse fate because mental bondage is the enslavement of the mind.
Mental bondage is when a person has limiting beliefs around reaching their desires or achieving their goals. It is a block in your mind that tells you that you can’t be free to move forward and create a life that you love. It can hold you back from even allowing yourself to dream.
For many women that I work with, mental bondage stems from childhood experiences in which they were told what they could not do, could not be, or could not have. As they developed into adults, the seeds that were planted grew and took over their minds. They no longer needed their Mom, Dad, sister, or brother telling them what they were not good at or talented enough to try, but they allowed those old voices to become a part of their voice and their thoughts.
If you’re wondering how to free your mind from mental slavery, here are 3 tips that can help assist you on your journey:
When you second guess every decision you make you reinforce those old beliefs that told you “you don’t know what you are doing” or “you are not good enough” or “you are not talented enough” etc. When those old beliefs come up, interrupt the thought pattern and tell yourself you know what is best for you and you trust your own decisions.
Start affirming what you can do and what you are capable of doing. Using daily affirmations or mantras helps you to reprogram your mind to start seeing your potential and infinite possibilities. You can start with simple affirmations such as, “I am capable of doing anything I want”, “I am talented”, “I can achieve anything I desire”, etc.
Step outside of your comfort zone and do something that you may never have believed you could. The idea is to force your mind to see that you have what it takes to do anything. The feeling of newness also helps to push yourself out of the feeling of being “stuck”.
By working to get past mental bondage you can start building more confidence, more courage, and open yourself up to receive the life that you love and deserve.
Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love