Word of the Day
Limit- a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass.
What can you do in life? What can you achieve? What is the absolute limit of your potential? These questions we are asking ourselves at least subconsciously from our earliest lives. It is the answers that we perceive that we build this tapestry of belief. Woven into the fabric of this belief is our perceptions of how smart we are, how creative or how talented in a certain area. Mixed in there are all of our perceived limits in every area of our lives. It is important to realize that these images are just an illusion. We are only limited by our thinking and the beliefs we choose to give power to. Most people happily accept their limits and live their lives never stretching beyond them. I am urging you to look at what is limiting you in your life and make a conscious choice to see what lies beyond them. It begins with an awareness of your thoughts, words, and actions when it comes to your perception of your limits.
From the moment we are born, other people work to put us into a box. People who care about you can be just as limiting as those who dislike you. Crutches are given to us all the time and we willingly accept them. They come in the form of excuses, “They are just not creative.” or “Nobody in this family is good at math.” or “That is a nice talent but can you make a living at it?” The box was built around us slowly and most can’t see the world outside of it.
Other people have created this box of limits for us. We accepted their trusted opinion because they were our relatives, friends, teachers, community leaders, etc. The drive to be accepted allows for this box of limit to grow all around you and soon you believe there is no possibility outside of this prison that has been constructed all around you. But you are not limited.
To escape the box simply takes a change of thought. Understanding that you have talents and can achieve all sorts of things. The limit of those accomplishments is in your mind and the actions you have the courage to take. Don’t let the thoughts of others, and society limit you and what you try to do. There is more to life than working a job for hours to earn money. Thinking, talking, laughing, sharing, growing, improving, creating and many other things are the true value that life provides you. Get out of the box, don’t let people limit you. Find your true boundaries and be the person you were born to be.
Challenges and Opportunities
With every challenge we face, it brings with it an opportunity. Many will look at a situation and see the limits that it brings. The rare few will look at the circumstances life throws their way and see the potential for growth, success, and happiness that exists. The mindset of looking past the limits of your circumstances is what separates those who live life from those who exist in life. It is always up to us to explore situations to see what is possible.
Of course, you can let circumstances defeat you and do nothing. But I urge you not to sit idly and complain about what is happening. Complaining builds a victim mentality which will limit you in all areas of your life. See the opportunity, take action and see what develops for you. Life is not an easy road because the easy road never produced anything worthwhile. Only through exercise can a body be developed. The same is true in all areas of life. Don’t let the perceived limitations of your circumstances stop you. You are the only person who can decide where your limits lie.
You Limit You
That leads us to the real choice involved in our limits. Your mind and what you choose to accept. Look at the box around your life. Is it stopping you from earning the money you want, or having the relationship you want, or just enjoying life the way you want. Most people live their entire life and never contemplate in any real way the limits they face, where they came from and what they can do about them.
Bad childhoods, being poor, being unintelligent, not having opportunity, not knowing the right people, any physical restriction, or any other excuse you can think of are just that, excuses. We are only as strong and successful as the weakest excuse we will accept. This limits people in all areas of life. Don’t limit yourself! Find the things you like to do and do them with passion and joy.
Focus your conscious thought on your limits today and why you see them the way you do. Where did they come from? What is beyond them? What actions can get you past them? Do this in thoughts, in words, and in actions to reach beyond the limits you accept about yourself.
“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”~Rabindranath Tagore
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”~ Michael Phelps