"Your limits are the lies your fears have sold you"
Now, imagine the intent of that environment never changing. What if you didn't grow up to hear "you can't do that"... "stop that"... "be careful, you're going to fall"... "you're doing it wrong"... "that's a stupid idea"... who would you be? I often wonder what I'd be like if I had had no outside influences whatsoever (unrealistic, but still, just play the game). If I had to raise myself, figure things out for myself, find ways to solve whatever problems I was faced with along the way... what would my thought process be like? Who I be more playful? More irresponsible? Better at math? What would I believe of my abilities, of my intelligence, of my looks, of my soulful nature? Would I even think in terms that would allow me to measure my limitations... would that word even exist?
Like Robin Sharma so aptly points out, your limits are the lies your fears have sold you... and not just YOUR fears, that's the kicker... all the fears of your parents and your peers and your education system and your community and your culture and your gender and the media. We start out in life with a clean slate, full of possibilities and it takes only a couple of years for the brainwash to set in. I'm not judging... hey, I'm a parent and I know I've fed just as many limiting ideas to my own children. I try with all my heart not to do that anymore, but I'm not innocent, I know.
I read one of those inspirational quotes on Kevin Doherty's Facebook timeline yesterday... and I shared it on my own Facebook timeline because it really resonated with me and it feels right to share it here on this post. It said (I don't know who actually wrote it):
"Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about un-becoming everything that isn't really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place"
My question is, what if a dream motivates you, inspires you, spurs you into action... what would you do? What if you feel that tug in the pit of your stomach and what if you believe that no matter how hard the task at hand is, you decide to just push through the fear anyway? What if you do those hard things... what if you choose to master yourself rather than striving to be better than someone else... what if you just do things that make YOU better... make you feel good to be who YOU are? What if you push yourself to the edge... how would you feel? What would you accomplish? What legacy would you leave behind? It takes discipline to be the best you. It takes commitment. It takes courage. Don't believe the lies your fears have sold you. Today is the first day of the rest of your life (so cliché, but it's true)... no blame, no shame, no excuses. Follow your tug and be true to you.
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