8 ways to emancipate yourself from Mental Slavery

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The mind is a battlefield; it is the center of every (wo)man’s exploits.

Freedom and slavery are the product of a Coordinated “State of Mind”, and Nothing destroys a human, Country/nation more than mental slavery; it saps the intricate part of its system, and bring it to a state where its growth is bargained below the value of a miscounted “Kobo-Nothingness”. When the mind is sabotaged, the future indeed is left at the altar of frivolous caricature where slavery becomes freedom at the sight of the oppressed. Thus, the Emancipation of the mind is the only factor that needs not be bargained. Just like Wangari Maathai quoted “You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself, that values itself, that understands itself.”

You cannot cage the mind that has decided to be set apart beyond the norms of tradition and whatnot. Self-identity and self-discovery is the first action towards the pursuit of mental freedom. It is the only remedy towards total emancipation.

Though slavery is no longer experience more like a century ago, many of us are still held captives by limitations of our own mind, our past, and our experience, and these in one way or the other have contributed to giving us a wrong picture and impressions of ourselves.

Les Brown once said that “The biggest enemy you have to deal with is yourself. If there’s no enemy within, then the enemy outside can do us no harm.”

You can’t be this and that and many other depreciative words used on us in the past have contributed to our personal image of ourselves. This limitation created by our past or present experience that we have consciously and unconsciously imposed on ourselves through our mind has inevitably lead to many of us suffering from what is called ”Chained elephant syndrome/ Baby elephant syndrome.”

A story is told of an elephant who was captured when still young and was chained in captivity with a thin rope on a small tree. It struggled with all its strength to break free but couldn’t due to its strength at that stage. Many years later the elephant now grown hugely was still found tied up in a small tree that it can easily break. Reason being that it is still limited by its past limitation when still a baby because the mind has been conditioned by its past experience. Hence, the ”Chained elephant syndrome or baby elephant syndrome”.

Just as Bob Marley quoted ”Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.”

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We humans can be likely reckoned to that of the chained elephant unless we take up our destinies by our own hands and break free from the boundaries created by our past limitations because none but us can free our own minds.

Here are 8 ways to Break free from the chain of Mental Slavery

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1) Believe Deeply in yourself: Believe strongly in yourself no matter what is going on in your life. Even when you are surrounded by helpless and hopeless circumstances and situation, don’t let it weigh down the confidence you have in yourself and the responsibilities you owe to your future. Think big, dream beyond your imagination and circumstances, and always have a constant positive composure about yourself even when the odds are against you, never back down or allow challenges to dictate your success stories.

2) Grow Beyond Your Limiting Beliefs: What is holding you back from exploiting your horizon? What cultural conditioning are you from stepping into your future? Do you think you can’t do it because you were told why growing up that you can’t? Are you like the chained elephant that has grown mightily and yet still limited by its past experience? If you ever find yourself in this condition where you keeping are limited by your past experience;  grow out of the mental struggle and slavery and take your future because it belongs to you.

3) Be Confident and Never Give Up: Be confident and never allow any limitation to take away the confidence you have about yourself. Never give up on your dreams and aspirations. Be strong and remain confident at all times. Don’t let limitations affect the image you have about yourself.

4) Think Positively and filter every iota of Negativity: Our thoughts can make or mar us, therefore it behooves us to Always think positively no matter what happens. Always envision only what you can achieve irrespective of what your present situation says. Have a positive mindset over what concerns you. Think only about what you can do and filter every iota of negativity or doubt that speaks otherwise. Dwell only on the things that will make you stay afloat on your dreams and visions concerning your life.

5) Be Conscious of what you speak, Hear and listen to: Always be conscious of your senses because they are the doorway to failures. Be mindful of what you speak about yourself; speak only morale lifting words and not words that will remind you of your past limitations. Listen to words that will uplift you at all times and make it your optimum priority to speak, hear and listen to words that will only motivate you regardless of your flaws.

6) Upgrade Yourself at every Level: No matter any level you are, always strive to make yourself better than you were yesterday. Use every tool necessary to upgrade yourself. Strive to be better and bigger than you were yesterday. Read voraciously, and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

7) Strive For Excellence in all you Do: Always strive to add value to everything you do. Be exceptionally different. Add uniqueness to your style and be a symbol of influence anywhere you find yourself in.

8) Trust God, and Have Faith in God: Always put your trust in God and bring in that God factor into what you are doing and have faith that he will deliver you at all time.

Lastly, Mental Slavery can only be broken through the emancipation of the mind. Strive to break free from every mental slavery and see yourself soar high like the eagle.


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Isaacoed Buchi Jamie

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie is a content writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Be first African Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Abuja, Nigeria which focuses on harnessing the strength and potentials of young minds for the purpose of transforming them to be an agent of positive change and impact. He is a Healthcare service professional, and an Experienced Electrocardiograph Technician with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital, health care industry, and non-profit Organisations. He is Skilled in Personal & identity Branding, Personal Development, Organizational Leadership, Fiction & Creative Writing, and Website Development. Also Focused on Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Physiological Procedures.

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