In the ancient Greek myth, Icarus and his father, master-craftsman Daedalus were trapped on the island of Crete. In order to escape, Daedalus fashioned each of them a pair of wings from feathers and wax. Icarus was warned by his father to not fly too close to the sun as it would melt the wax and he would fall. He was also warned by his father to not fly too close to the sea, as the sea air would make the feathers too heavy and he would also fail to reach his destination.
The first part of Daedalus’ advice is often shared … If you become arrogant and too self-righteous, you will attract humbling circumstances to bring you back to “equal to others”.
However, the second part of the advice is equally of value … If you play too small and dependent, you will attract challenging circumstances to force you to step up and grow.
To take this to another level of value; consider that if you aim too high without a plan to get there, you will simultaneously create a nightmare about not being able to achieve it. This will result in emotional swings – from living in the fantasy you create in your mind, to beating yourself up for the nightmare that you perceive your life to be when you fail to achieve it.
The wisdom in the Greek myth is about learning to stay humbly empowered to find your best life path. The best way to do this is to consciously choose to create a plan for your life and career that inspires you. Then ensure you break your plan down into “can do” sized steps that feel achievable. Couple this with learning and developing your Optimum Thinking skills for mastering your emotions to remove blocks as they occur. Through this process, you will be able to perceive your goals as possible and that you will be able to stay in control of your life.