Henry Ford said that whether you tell yourself you can or you can’t… you’re right! How many other beliefs do we have that limit our thinking.
People will say “to be young again.” You couldn’t pay me to be young again. Because if I go back to my youth, I would still be stupid, and probably make the same stupid mistakes. What people mean to say is, “to go back with the knowledge I have right now.”
Either your wish is to be immortal, or your wish is to be able to be stupid again. Because there is no reason to go back. You have the knowledge now… USE IT!
This creates a limiting belief in your life, that you have to have some sort of edge, to be better than everyone else. That thinking is completely flawed. The only person you should ever want to be better than is yourself, one second ago.
My Limiting Belief
At some point in my life I started asking myself every night before I went to sleep if I was better right now than I was when I woke up that morning.
Later in my life I installed the belief that I was getting “old” and I can’t use that logic. Because I obviously limited this belief to my health.
Removing a limiting belief
Can you run 5 miles?
Most people will answer that with a no, and I am going to assume that was your answer.
So, let me ask a better question, do you have functioning legs?
Then you can run 5 miles. See I asked a question… you added the limit. I asked if you can run 5 miles… you assumed I meant, in x amount of time, without stopping, or without breaks.
Now let me take the limits off that question. Can you run for 100 steps today, 110 steps tomorrow, 120 steps the next day, and so on? Obviously anyone can do that! Well, guess what? When you get to 10,000 steps, you have your 5 miles. Easy enough right.
Where does our limit come from?
Babies are strong. Go ahead, try to take a pacifier from a baby. It doesn’t matter how big you are… taking a pacifier from a baby isn’t easy. (Pity on the person that invented the phrase like taking candy from a baby)
At some point in our development we begin to have a limit. We learn it from our parents. My generation has been said to be the first generation to not be “better off” than their parents.
I am not sure where that statistic came from, or the scientific study to back that, but I could see it. Because my generation was raised by the people that started the “child is always right” mentality. Think about it, our grandparents told us stories about how the neighbor told on them for doing something kids do, and their parents beat them.
Now if you tell someone their kid did something wrong… it is never the kids fault.
Lack of discipline, creates an undisciplined adult. Undisciplined adults have no motivation. Lack of motivation IS THE LIMIT!
If you aren’t motivated, you are limited. If you are limited, you can’t do something. Can you run 5 miles with a sumo wrestler on you? No, and no matter how motivated you are, you will lose that motivation.
Keep motivated, and lose your limits.
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