We are all living in cages with the door wide open.

This is some hard truth to process. It is a tough pill to swallow.

Hear me out.

Harry Houdini, one of the greatest magicians ever had a situation he could not escape. Houdini known as one of the greatest escape artists. He boasted time and time again that he could break out of any jail cell in the world in under and hour.

Each time he would escape in minutes.

Except one time:

In the British Isles a small town built a new jail cell and challenged Houdini to break free. He agreed.

Houdini arrived in the prison with confidence and was ready to go through his routine that he had done many times. Houdini was known for a special lock pick he had designed. Once the jail cell was closed, he got to work on the challenged, but discovered that something was unusual about this lock.

For 30 minutes he worked and could not break free. Confidence started to drop.

60 minutes passed and he was still stuck. Houdini was covered in sweat and exasperated, but he still could not pick the lock. He tried all of his tricks but nothing worked.

After two hours Houdini collapsed against the door. The door swung open and he discovered it it had not been locked in the first place! It was locked only to him in his mind.

As Houdini is known for stating

This is indeed true. Your mind is the key to break free and reach your goals.

You have the choice. You have the ability to no longer be caged.

You have one key lesson to learn more than anything else. YOU control your own destiny. It is not set in stone. Nobody else controls our destiny. YOU are responsible for where you go from this moment. Nobody else

However, I have seen time and time again that more often than not your mind is a lock, not a key.

Ask yourself: Is the key to your mind locking you up or setting you free?