Unlock Your Potential by Overcoming Your Limitations
Do you put limitations on yourself and then feel like you’re unable to accomplish your goals? A limiting mindset may stem from a difficult childhood, low self-esteem, or past failures.
Despite your specific reason, it all boils down to fear. It could be the fear of rejection or of failing again. It could also be because you’re afraid of not being good enough. When you have thoughts like these, it can sometimes be difficult to feel grateful.
Unlock your potential and overcome your limitations, and feel more gratitude with these tips:
- Embrace your limitations. You’ll likely encounter someone smarter, stronger, or better looking during your life. Realize that even if you’re not the best at something, you can still be very successful, as long as you make an effort. Be grateful that there are others that can do a better job and look to them for inspiration or even assistance when you need it!
- Avoid letting a fear of inadequacy stop you from trying. It’s okay if you try and fail. Failing to try is the only true failure. Each failure brings you closer to success.
- Work a little harder. If you’re less than stellar at something, you can compensate by working even harder.
- Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Even coming up with a great idea for a new invention is more about hard work than about being brilliant. Lots of people have unique ideas, but it takes someone who’s willing to put in the extra effort to make it successful.
- Avoid letting fear hold you back. Just get to work and hope for the best.
- Remember how you felt the last time you worked hard? You were grateful at the end of it, weren’t you? Go for that same satisfied feeling again!
- Set goals. Before you get in your car and turn on the ignition, you have a destination in mind. Accomplishing things in life can be the same way. Have a clear understanding of where you want to go and then you can figure out how to get there.
- Set realistic goals, but be willing to step out of your comfort zone. It can be very discouraging if your goals are impossible to achieve. Make your goals challenging, yet attainable.
- If your goals are too easy, you won’t feel a sense of accomplishment or any motivation to push yourself towards them.
- Find a coach. Every athlete who succeeds in sports owes a lot of credit to their coaches. Coaches help take players to places they would be unable to get to by themselves. It isn’t only athletes that can benefit from coaching. You can talk to career coaches, life coaches, or someone else who can help you achieve success.
- Understand the limitations of your mindset. Sometimes things seem impossible for us, only because that’s what we believe them to be.
- As an example, let’s take the story of Roger Bannister. Roger Bannister is the first person to ever run a mile in less than 4 minutes. He did it on May 6, 1954, and before that day, many believed that his accomplishment wasn’t humanly possible.
- Many gifted athletes had come incredibly close, but nobody did it before Roger Bannister. However, once that barrier was broken it became possible in people’s minds.
- The year after Roger Bannister ran his 4 minute mile, 37 other runners were also able to accomplish the same feat. The year after that, 300 runners were able to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
- It’s not that these runners weren’t physically capable of doing this before. It’s just that all of them now believed it was possible.
Do you have things in your life that are holding you back? If so, it could be because you have set limitations in your mind. Isn’t it time to open your mind and overcome those limitations? Unlock your potential, starting today!
Leave a comment below and share what your toughest limittion is that is holding you back.
Great article, Paul.. I am trying to overcome my head now! Doing a personal challenge of a video a day… not easy, but getting less stressful to do. My limitations are all self-imposted, I know that, and ready to break through now! Thanks!
That is awesome, Wendy! Stay strong! You can do it!