As I venture deeper down my chosen path and experience more and more of life around me, I have come to view the concept of “limitations” differently than I had growing up. As a child, and more particularly as a teenager in high school, I chose to give in to the idea that there were just some things in this world I would never be able to do and that some people were just more “gifted” than I was. This reality hit me hardest as I progressed throughout my high school baseball playing years. I never amounted to much of a great player, despite my potential to have been pretty good, because of so many self-imposed limitations I set for myself. Quite simply, I believed that I was no good and that other players were better than me, and this is exactly the reality that I manifested for myself.
This is just one example taken from my personal life, but I see this kind of thing going on everywhere around me. The phrase, “Oh, I could never do that” or “I’m just not good at…” is so commonplace in today’s society, that it’s no wonder so many of us go through life never truly achieving our wildest dreams or realzing our highest potential. I’m just as guilty of this as the person next to me. I grew up using these types of phrases on a daily basis, and I still do. However, this type of negative self-talk is becoming, albeit slowly, less and less a part of my vocabulary as I learn to recognize just what I am doing to both my physical and mental self.
In reality, the only “limitations” that exist in our lives are the ones that we set for ourself. If you tell yourself that you can’t do X or that you can’t do Y, well then this instantly becomes your reality. The moment, however, that you begin to believe that you can do X or that you can do Y, no matter what it is, well then now your entire reality has shifted. Now you have mentally armed yourself with the belief that you can in fact accomplish something that you previously thought you couldn’t. This belief in yourself is the ultimate key to being successful.
I have witnessed enough people in this world do so many incredible things that I can’t help but to accept that we, as humans, are capable of so, so, so much more than we lend ourselves to believe. It’s just that so many of us limit ourselves both mentally and physically because changing and growing is incredibly challenging and can sometimes be pretty scary. However, the intrinsic rewards that are realized from pursuing the more difficult path that leads to personal growth and the realization of your fullest potential is far more satisfying than the type of security and comfort that comes from always settling for “average”, “okay”, or “good enough.”
In order to overcome whatever pre-conceived limitations you had previously set for yourself, it all starts with the simple, but challenging, concept of belief. Success and happiness all start with believing that you can have what you want, believing that you are capable of realizing your dream, and believing that you do have the talent and passion to be successful at whatever it is that you choose to pursue. It doesn’t matter if your goal is to open your own business, to help others in need, or to simply be a better friend or family member, the moment that you shift your focus from self-doubt to self-belief is the moment that a new world of possibilities will open up for you.