The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once observed: “Most people take the limits of their vision to be the limits of the world. A few do not. Join them.”
That’s a profound point. The life you see this very moment isn’t necessarily the life of your future. You might be viewing things through the eyes of your fears, limitations, and false assumptions. But once you clean the stained-glass window through which you see the world, guess what happens? A whole new set of possibilities appear.
Remember, we see the world not as it is but as we are.
Years ago, it was believed that no human being could ever break the 4-minute mile barrier. But after Roger Bannister broke it, many more replicated his feat within weeks. Why? Because he showed people what was possible. And then, armed with that belief, other people did the “impossible.”
What’s your “4-minute mile”? What bill of goods have you sold yourself as to what’s impossible in your life? What false assumptions are you making in terms of what you can’t have, do, and be?
Your thinking creates your reality.
If you think something can’t happen in your life, then there’s no way you’ll take the action required to make that dream or goal a reality.
Your “impossibility thinking” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Your perceived limitations become the chains that keep you from the greatness you were meant to be.
Part of what makes us human is the hunger to realize our greatest gifts and live life fully. Sure, it takes discipline and gigantic focus to live your greatest life. And, sure, success requires sacrifices. So, why do it?
Because it’ll make you feel good. Which makes it all worth it.
Climbing your personal and professional mountaintop boosts your self-respect. Heightens your self-image. Fills you with energy and faith. And joy. Achievement and getting superb things done with the gifts that are within you is one of the best ways to fill your life with more happiness.
I don’t know your dreams or your desires. But I do know what you’re made of. It’s pure possibility. It’s a core made of power. It’s a mind made for visions. It’s a heart built for love. It’s a spirit designed to wow. The extent to which you use your gifts and capabilities is up to you, but they exist to be shared with others. You have an obligation to be who your heart knows you can be.
And so today, as you move through your hours, let go of who you WERE … to become all you are.