Setting limits on yourself can actually depress your potential.
Do you realize you set limits on yourself? Everyday you set and decide the retrainsts for the day, week, month and year.
If you workout, you set the number of reps, what exercises you will do and the amount of time you will allocate to your workout.
So are confines bad?
Limits Teach Us Control
We need guardrails in our life to help guide the way and to ensure we don’t destroy our life. Setting guardrails help you live life in a functional way. Imagine if there were no speed limits on the freeway. For those who love to drive fast, this will appeal to you. For others, you feel it will protect yourself and loved ones on the road.
However, putting restrictions on every aspect of your life can be harmful, in becoming the person you were designed to be.
Limitations Can Hold Back Potential
Until the early 1950s it was said no human could ever a mile in under four minutes until, Roger Bannister ran a mile under four minutes on May 6th, 1954.
Roger’s record of running a mile under four minutes lasted 46 days, as others began surpassing his time. He proved it could be accomplished.
You might not realize it, but you have set a threshold on what you can do in your life, which is compressing your potential.
What Story Are You Telling Yourself?
Individuals proclaimed it was impossible to run a mile under four minutes and yet the impossible was broken.
What is the story you’ve been telling yourself? Everyone has a story.
Your potential is just outside what you have classified as your boundary. Will you be the Roger Bannister and breakthrough and pass the “yellow caution tape” or will you continue to tell yourself it isn’t possible?
Decide To Try
First, Roger made the decision to try, to do something which he believed he could accomplish. As a result you can do the same.
Where is your belief level? Do you believe it can be done? Take out a sheet of paper or journal on these questions pertaining to something you want to do, which is beyond the “yellow caution tape”.
- What would it mean to you to accomplish it?
- What do you need to make it happen?
- Why did you accomplish it?
Finally, if you did this short exercise, your mind is actively working to find the proof to verify achievement. Focus on your responses and continue to activate the belief within yourself, to exceed the boundaries and thus reach your potential.
“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” – Roy Bennett
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