Do You Feel Trapped?

There are many reasons why so many of us are unable to move on from our current positions. Either it be moving on from a relationship, changing jobs, starting a new business, or getting out of your current business.

The reason is because you feel trapped. You feel that there is no way out. You feel that your situation is dependent on where you currently are.

Well I have some good news for you. YOU ARE NOT TRAPPED!

Ask yourself, are you literally inside a cage or a cell with no exit or no key to open the gate? Most likely not.

When you state in your thoughts that you are ‘trapped’ you are the one setting up the boundaries of your entrapment. If you say you are trapped then you are bound to this statement and you will have a hard time unconvincing yourself otherwise.

Start by changing your thoughts to freedom. The only one that holds the key to your freedom is you. You decide how free or trapped you are.

No one told you that you have to stay at the current position that you are in. The door is always open, you can leave at any time that you would like.

Are you really bound to the misery of your current position and the sacrifice of your mental well-being? Often many will answer, “Yes I have to because I have a family to support to pay for food, mortgage/rent, and bills.” These are all financial obligations that all of us need to tend to, as they are the necessities one must have to get by. So that is not the question.

Now ask yourself this, is your job or current position your only option available? Unfortunately, I will not be taking any excuses for this one. Actually the options are endless if your eyes are open to them.

You can decide to look for a new job. No economy excuses please, I already heard them all. You can research investment opportunities. You can discover what your dream job is.

Dig deep into your soul and find that gem of desire that lies within you. After all, it is the job that you love that frees you from feeling trapped.

Free yourself from the imaginary boundaries that you set up in your mind to think that you are trapped. You are free, you have always been, you just weren’t aware of it.

Happy Success To You All,

Jason Ratliff

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25 comments to Do You Feel Trapped?

  • Hi Jason,

    This is all so true! We are often our own captors! Even with loads of education and sophistication it is easy to fall into that trap.

    When I am really sad, I can never think of who I could call to talk to. . .Then, when I feel better, I realize that I could have called about 20 people who would have been so supportive! It is such a mind game!

    Thanks for reminding us that we have the power!

    Mentor Mama

    • Thank you Nancy,
      We really appreciate your feedback. It’s good to be free! The options are always out there, we’re only aware of that when we realize that we are not bound to being in a cage.

  • Kim

    Thank you for sharing this today 🙂

    I feel trapped all the time…by finances, circumstances and relationships. I catch glimpses of how different things could be – but immediately find myself making excuses for why I can’t be free…why things won’t work out 🙁 I would like to be able to experience more of life, without feeling so helpless & trapped!!! Do you have any advice on how to change those thought patterns, which are so self destructive?

    • Kim,

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post. We do appreciate your feedback.

      Regarding your comments, I would recommend shifting your focus. I know this may sound like a simple solution or that you’re running away from your problems, but it’s not. Let me explain.

      When we focus on all that is going wrong in our lives, all it does is bring in more things along that same frequency. It’s like the old saying, “What else could go wrong?” The next moment you know something bad happens again. When you ask that question you will get the answer that you’re looking for. And the answer is what you expect (something wrong).

      So why don’t you start focusing on all that is going RIGHT, in your life. Whether it be your health, having shelter, having a job, or if you have a family. Really feel the gratitude of each one of these things. Imagine your life without any of these things. Obviously your life would be much, much worse.

      Next, start focusing on the way you want things to turn out. Look at each of your finances, circumstances and relationships and visualize the way you want each one of these things to become. Imagine having an abundance of wealth from your business, job, or investments. Imagine every circumstance going your way, as you are in synchronization with everything around you. And imagine every relationship that you interact with as one of complete understanding. Each relationship is different either it has potential or not much at all. You may have to re-evaluate what type it is so you can decide on how to proceed.

      The next steps will be the actions you will take to move closer towards each one of these goals. Look at it one day at a time. As you’re not going to accomplish everything in one night. Take a small step each day that contributes to your goals. Keep the vision of, the finances being abundant, the synchronized circumstances, and relationships of mutual understanding, in the forefront of your mind as you go from day to day.

      I hope this helps a bit. Shifting focus is a huge initial step that I really put emphasis on.

      Happy Succes To You Kim!

      Jason Ratliff

  • Hi Jason nicely argued – its interesting how the use of language and labels specifically frames our experiences – the image of being trapped is pretty dis empowering and self fulfilling – one persons appetite for a challenge is anothers quicksand

    thanks for provoking the conversation

    Cheers kiaran

    • Hello Kiaran,

      Thanks for responding to our post. We can consciously decide how we perceive any obstacle that may come our way. Let’s consciously decide to view it as a hearty challenge. Thanks for your feedback Kiaran!

      Jason

  • Hi Jason,many years ago I felt trapped by the situation & the job I was in…I wished that I could relocate to the area where my parents had retired (one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa) but literally for years I made up dozens of excuses as to why I couldn’t – there was no work there for someone with my qualifications & experience in banking, my wife had a very good job, it was going to cost too much etc.

    Then I was downsized…guess where I live now? Yep – moved there 18 years ago!I have also managed to start my own wholesaling company (six years ago)my wife has a very good job & my kids were brought up & educated in an area much more conducive to their development than a big city.

    When I look back, I realise that it could all have happened 10 years earlier…had I been prepared to open my cage door!

    Wonderful post, stay inspired!
    Michael

    • Thank you Michael so much for sharing your inspiring story. Oh how wonderful it is when things like ‘downsizing’ are blessings in disguise. I’m so glad the door opened for you, even if it were 10 years later.

      Many excuses do get in the way to prevent us from proceeding, but when we look at it from the heart’s angle, it’s where we belong. When we follow our heart it takes us to a place that feels right and we are free. I could tell that you are where you belong now.

      Thanks again for sharing your insight!

      Jason

  • Jym

    Hi Jason,

    Great to read this post. I think it’s a really important point. So many people, at so many times in their lives (I’ve felt this too) feel trapped and that there is no way out, when in fact they have much more choice than they realize.

    A beautiful image which has been used to illustrate this is of a small child at a gate, reaching up and peering through, but not noticing that the padlock is actually open.

    The gate is not locked, we are able to step through and claim our power, our freedom. All we have to do is realize that it is up to us, and take the step.

    Thanks,
    Jym

    • Thank you Jym! The parameters are open as they always are, but often we get caught up feeling helpless (which is just a mental trap). That helplessness goes away once our eyes brighten with the realization of available and greater options. That initial step is not so difficult when we see what is beyond that gate. Let’s open our eyes to the possibilities.

      Great imagery of the small child. All of us have been that child at some point in our lives.

      Thank you for your comment!

      Jason

  • Hi Jason,

    Really great post bro.

    I like to think of a trap as a metaphor to an awakening time. It’s this particular moment when we must wake up and change our own future. We can either “deal” with all of the trials and tribulations or we can “appreciate” the feeling as a temporary state so that it strengthens us and gets us ready for what is yet to come.

    Now is the time for change. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year. If people feel like they are trapped, there is hope for them.

    There is no better time then now!

    Jerome Ratliff

    • Yes absolutely Jerome! If ‘we can “appreciate” the feeling as a temporary state so that it strengthens us and gets us ready for what is yet to come.’ Perfectly put. It’s okay to have these feelings as we all have them. It’s there to make us stronger!

      Thanks Jerome!

      Jason

  • Hi Jason,

    the feeling of being trapped is a decision that won’t be without consequences just as the decision for freedom won’t be without consequences. We have been building our cage ourselves and are defending it without mercy. Any excuse will do.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Take care

    Oliver

  • Hey Jason,

    I feel that we all have felt “trapped” in one situation or another in our lives. The amazing thing though is that we do have the ability to make a change, and as you put it “no excuses”.

    I once felt trapped in a 15 year career with a major retailer, working 80 hours a week and the corporate politics that went along with it. I beleive that many people do not see all the opportunities that are in front of them and unfortunatly they never start looking.

    The ol’ saying “you don’t know what you dont’ know” is very powerful on this topic, since I have been in this industry (one I somewhat knew existed). My eyes and mind have been introduced to a skill level and mindset that is on a constant enhancement avenue. I have been able to grow in ways that I never thought of before, I am grateful to this opportunity but also grateful to myself that I TOOK ACTION and made a decision to try something new and not be a little trapped “lab rat”.

    I am now FREE and the relationship that my wife and I have been able to strenghthen has been phenominal, I knew that I had to chose the “red pill or the blue one”. I am no longer “trapped”!

    Great post and topic! I look forward to another mind provoking topic!

    • Thanks for sharing your story Robert. That 80 hours a week must have been a huge driving factor to look elsewhere as well. I’m glad that you built up the courage to move on! It’s always inspiring to hear these stories. When you take action, the confidence builds up and you get stronger from each challenge.

      Oh yeah and happy career often does mean, happy home.

      Thanks Robert!

  • Jason,

    Like Robert, I felt trapped working in corporate Australia, going through the motions every day and still barely making enough money to save for a future.

    Through that feeling of sheer frustration and mediocrity, I began asking questions… Asking yourself the right questions can really free your mind. “How can I get out of this?”, “How can I build wealth for myself and others?”

    I was amazed at how quickly the answers from the “universe” came back to me. First it was seeing The Secret movie on TV, then it was stumbling across a book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and now, I feel liberated because I’m on the right path.

    Thank you for the inspiration,

    Wayne

  • Hi Jason,

    Interesting post! I went through an exercise a year ago when I was in a financial pickle and didn’t know what to do. I was working with a coach at the time and she suggested I make a list of 100 ways I could come up with the money I needed. I was totally resistant of the exercise but I did it, and in the process of writing (I never needed to get to 100) my mindset had totally shifted from one of scarcity and feeling trapped to abundance and freedom.

    I think that was one of the best lessons I’ve learned about choosing to think about situations abundantly instead of feeling trapped.

    Great job!
    Heather

    • Thanks for your response Heather.

      I like that exercise! I’ll start incorporating that!

      Especially when you see all the options right in front of you it clicks on the light bulb in your head and you realize “Wow, what am I stressing about?!”

  • Hi Jason,

    Nice blog you have here. I really enjoyed reading your interesting post.

    We can feel trapped if we allow ourselves to have that mindset. On the other hand, we can develop a positive mindset and take necessary steps to create freedom and enjoy the benefits that come with it.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    All the best,
    Mavis Nong

    • Thank you for your support Mavis! If you like this blog, check out our other posts as well. You could also follow our blog to receive updates when we post them. Thanks again!

      Jason

  • Thanks catapulting me to another level! Looking forward to becoming a coach!

    • It is very rewarding. I feel you will enjoy it. When we follow our hearts and help people in any form, it fills our heart and drives us further to continue doing what we’re doing.

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