The No Limits Way Of Thinking
“You will find that there are no limits to what you can accomplish except for the limits you place on your own imagination. And since there are no limits to what you can imagine, there are no limits to what you can achieve.”
How far could you go in life if there were no limits put on you by the rest of society, by your family, by your friends and especially by your own mind?
We live in a world that puts limits on everything we do. You hear it all the time from people when you tell them what you want to do with your life.
Here’s a few examples I’ve heard from my own past experiences.
- Why do you want to do that for?
- You’ll never make any money doing that!
- How can you do that if you’ve never finished college
- Music will never pay the bills. Why don’t you get a real job.
- Stop playing around and get serious with your life.
- You, a writer? You must be joking!
And my all-time favorite which reverberates throughout my soul…
- You’re not good enough to compete with all the great writers. You’ll just be wasting your time.
There is nothing you can do or say that can stop you from doing something magnificent with your life unless you decide you can’t do it.
Henry Ford, the iconic founder of the Ford Motor Company and the person responsible for developing the assembly line technique of mass production knew no limits in his own life. What he couldn’t do by himself, he found others to make his dreams come true. The one quote that still echoes through my heart and spurs me on everyday is this.
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Henry Ford
Your mind plays the biggest role in how far you get in life. It takes you where you want to go but it can also limit you and keep you from ever achieving the greatness you deserve.
Are you living your life by someone else’s rules? You may think you aren’t but society demands we play by its rules or we have no chance at happiness. It favors those who become part of the collective but life isn’t like that.
You need to look at what makes you happy. You need to listen to what your heart is telling you not your parents, guidance counselors, friends or family. They don’t walk in your shoes nor do they have to deal with what you are dealing with.
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You can soar like the birds or you can fall flat on your ass. The choice is yours. I don’t need to tell you what you are capable of doing. You know deep down in your heart what you want to do… the problem is doing it!
I believe you have to live your passion. That burning desire in your heart must resonate or it will do you no good. Use your god-given talents and skills and share them with the world.
Be bold! Be confident in your abilities because no one else will do it for you.
But, what if I can’t?
What if there are too many obstacles?
Keep reading… and I’ll show you what you can do!
Overcoming Obstacles That Limit Us
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
What is holding you back from achieving greatness?
Do you blame others for your failures or do you own your life?
As a life coach, I see too many people get defensive about what has happened in their lives. They tend to blame others for their circumstances and use it as an excuse for failure.
Want an example of someone who lived his life with no limits?
How about the late, great Bruce Lee?
Bruce was one of my all-time greatest heroes. He pushed himself beyond what most people could take. Why was he able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time?
Did you know he was laid up for many months because he injured his back to such a degree that he could hardly walk? The injury led him to delve much deeper into the both the spiritual and mental belief aspect of martial arts.
Part of his philosophy regarding his Jeet Kune Do was that of using guided thoughts. He believed that in order to fully express oneself, one must” “have no limitations.” It’s a philosophy that is foreign to many as most people put limitations on themselves.
Bruce went beyond that type of thinking. Hie describe his philosophy as a mirror in which to “see ourselves.” He believed we needed to cast off what is useless. Whatever was unessential needed to be removed so that what remained could be used to better one’s self.
When you look upon life as having no limits you lose the rigidity that society dictates. It allows you to be fluid and able to adapt to any situation that comes your way. Bruce believed strength comes not just from the physical side but how you control the mental aspect of your being.
Here are three quotes from Bruce that show why limiting yourself is for the weak.
“If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
Have you reached a plateau in your life? What are you doing to go beyond your own limits?
“A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.”
Any goal you have should be used as inspiration and motivation to be the best you can be. It is not about the accomplishment but how you get there that is the most important part.
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
This is what most people don’t quite understand about expectations. We tend to base our expectations on what others expect of us instead of working at accomplishing and exceeding our own expectations.
If you had no limits as to what you could accomplish do you think you would push yourself to get there?
Most of the obstacles we face are not physical barriers but mental ones. We put up walls around us and then make excuses why we can’t climb or them. Or, we plan how we can climb over but never take action to actually make the climb because we’re too scared to fail!
Think what superhuman skill you have that could help you achieve anything your mind could imagine.
Here’s an infographic of some of the greatest superhuman skills known to man. Do they inspire you to reach for the no limits mindset?
“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”
Arthur C. Clarke
Do you believe achieving your dreams are possible or impossible?
If you believe they are impossible then why have dreams in the first place?
But if you believe anything is possible then let’s find a way for you to achieve those dreams.
Everything starts in the mind. Where your thoughts take you is totally up to you. The proper mindset is all you need to live a life without any limits but you need some rocket fuel to make those thoughts blast off into the farthest regions of space.
So, how do you get there?
Here are the seven ways to putting the no limits mindset into action:
1- Seize The Opportunities Afforded You – Opportunities don’t come around vert often and when they do, they are like a door with a timer on them. If you don’t take advantage now, it will close before you have the chance to make things happen.
2- Learn How To Try New Things, New Ideas, And New Ways – Think you know it all? Think again. What keeps our mind and thoughts fresh is a different perspective on life and the things around us. Your mind will stay stagnant if you don’t make it work. Try new things… you never know if you will like something unless you give it a shot. Listen to new ideas. Maybe you will get that aha moment that will change your life. Seek out new ways to do things. Sometimes, the tried and true ways need an update. Be the one who puts a new wrinkle in old thought.
3- Remove Your Limiting Beliefs One By One – What separates you from the most successful people on the planet? Your limiting beliefs, that’s what! Every limiting belief you have is like a brick that gets put up on top of all your other limiting beliefs and so, over the years, you have built a mighty wall that is stopping you in your tracks. Now, instead of knocking the whole wall down, let’s start by breaking single bricks until you have broken all the bricks and there is nothing stopping you. Why is this method easier and better to implement? Those limiting beliefs are like old habits. You can’t break every one but you can do it one at a time. Every time you break a brick, you build more confidence and your mind gets stronger.
4- Throw Out Your Mental Garbage – Every Thursday night, I have to take out the weeks trash and put it out to the curd for the garbageman to take. Your limiting beliefs are the same. Take the time to throw them out and replace them with positive and uplifting thoughts. Even if your life sucks right now and you feel like you have nowhere to go, just the idea that you can flush those dirty thoughts away can bring hope and inspiration to your life. This kind of habit takes work but just like emptying all the trash in your home, make this habit one you do everyday.
5- Stop Accepting The Status Quo – Just because everyone does things as they have always done doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Sonia Thompson, a contributing writer to LIFE – the blog says, “Stand up against “the way things are” and show others that “the way things could be” is truly possible. You don’t have to accept the norm. Instead, find out what works for you and go with it. That’s where your possibilities are hidden.
6- Live Life Outside The Lines – It’s not about just being different. It means stepping outside your comfort zone and tackling those things that scare you shitless! It’s about moving into uncharted territory and going against the norm. You become the explorer in life… you chart a new pathway… and you discover new places for yourself. In order to accomplish this, you must overcome any and all resistance that comes your way, including your own fears and thoughts. Explore the vast options around you and you will see that self discovery is an unending process.
7- Trust Your Own Instincts – Your gut feeling is usually right but most of us second guess ourselves. In fact, we do it so often that we tend not to trust our own judgment and that’s where we allow negativity to seep into our thoughts. Your instincts are an important tool so use it wisely. According to Susanna Newsonen MAPP, “Your intuition is shaped by your past experiences, and your existing knowledge which you gained from them.” That is why experience is your best teacher. She goes on to say, “Your intuition is encoded in your brain like “a web of fact and feeling.” That code will help you make the proper decision because it’s part of you. So start listening to it.
God has given us every talent, trait, and wisdom to be the best version of ourselves possible but it’s up to you to make it happen. Being fearful of what may happen next, failure to take calculated risks, and staying in your own comfort zone is a recipe for a boring, mind-numbing life where the only soaring you’ll be doing is watching others make the life they want to live.
Now is the only time to start living the no limits lifestyle. What are you waiting for?