Write down the limitations you’ve given yourself. Ignore the extreme based on your physical makeup, “I can’t dunk a basketball, run a four minute mile, or grow facial hair”, and the iconic, “become a famous musician, paint a world-renowned masterpiece, or win a MMA title bought. Not because they’re unattainable but because they require perfect circumstances outside your control.
Here are mine: I will not be able to make it as a professional writer and storyteller, I will never be in ‘peak’ condition, I can’t break through my spiritual passive attitude to grow as a spirit-filled individual, I have no idea how to organize my life, I will never have the financial security to ‘really’ live the lifestyle I want, I could never cast a fly-rod like a professional, I will never be able to communicate my love to Lindsey, and…
Now look at your list and ask yourself, “Who told you that?”
When did you hear that limitation, acknowledge that limitation, or accept that limitation? How did you come to that conclusion? Why are you so eager to accept that its concrete and signed in steel?
We live in a world that is full of information that can’t be taken at “face value.” Rarely if ever do I see a news story or hear gossip at church and think, “Well that’s the whole story.” We’ve been taught through experience to question and pick but we fail to do so when it comes to our own limitations.
Limitations are safe. They don’t require us to fret or worry. We can accept a four walled understanding of who we are and take solace in it’s shape and size in comparison to the person on our right or left.
They are also a fasle statement about who we are and what we can do. They hold us back from taking risks and opening ourselves up to new experiences and accomplishments. They require us to wonder who we could be and what we could accomplish.
Take another look at your list. Are ready to live the next X amount of years with those limitations? Do you want to look back and think, “I could’ve done that.”