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Dismantle Self Imposed Limits
Round about us is an invisible box that we have created around ourselves, which defines our horizon. Things within this box are within reach, achievable, see-able, touchable, believable, feasible, possible. Outside this box is a region beyond our wildest imagination. Things in this domain are too much to handle or contemplate. They are beyond reach. Don't even think about it, and we don't.
Within our sub conscious, we have determined our maximum estimated potential; how far we can go, based on our current set of circumstances and outlook. This covers the whole gamut of our human experiences; spirit, soul and body. This has been programmed into our subconscious. This determines how high we aim in every facet of life.
This box defines our reality.
Imagine that your biggest dream is to marry your childhood sweetheart, hold down a job, raise a family of two, and retire with a pension. All your efforts will be geared in this direction. For you, owning a villa in the south of France is not possible. Being invited to feature in the Oprah Winfrey show is pure fairy tale. It is outside your reality. Now here comes along a childhood friend. He has this brilliant idea for a start-up. He wants you in on it before he lets in others.
He has made a revolutionary invention and has duly patented it. He plans to commercialize it, and take the company public in five years. By that time, your share of the stock will be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Your mind bounces the idea. It is not possible. It is outside your reality. You thank him for finding you worthy to be invited and graciously decline. You are saving for your mortgage down payment. Buying a house is the biggest investment within your box. You let pass an opportunity of a lifetime.
This box/limits defines the size of our dreams, the level of our expectations and the magnitude of what we dare aim for. In some professions, your educational qualifications determine how far you can go in your career, a certain grade level. When you attain it, you know you have hit the ceiling. This box is like a glass ceiling. It is invisible. You know it exists, hence you don't bother to go beyond it.
This box exists in our mind. We determined the boundaries. Our parentage and present circumstance play a large part, but were are the ones that ultimately get to determine the limits.
For a moment, imagine your reaction if your get presented with a suitcase containing one million dollars cash. You just saved the life of the only child of a multi-millionaire. His personal aide announces gently that stacked within is one million dollars from the grateful millionaire.
Some folks will simply faint. Some will be shell-shocked. A variety of extreme emotions will be exhibited. What has just happened is that they ran into an event outside their reality. Majority of folks will not know what to do with the money. The amount is outside their capacity to handle. Sadly, most will blow it all in less that one year, and return back to their reality.
We have to recognize that the limits were self-imposed. We are the only ones that can remove it. Some authority figures in our lives can tell us what we can, or cannot do. It is what we believe that clinches it. Nobody can impose any beliefs on us. They are self-inflicted. If you believe you cannot do it, you jolly well can't. If you believe you can do it, you stand a good chance
Most times, our dreams exist outside our reality. To us, it is impossible, a fairy tale. Since it is impossible, we cannot attain it, and since we cannot attain it, there is no point trying. So we archive our dreams and move on with our reality.
We owe ourselves a duty to dismantle our self-imposed limits and go for our dreams. As we achieve small victories on the way, that emboldens us and strengthens our belief that our aim is achievable. What people say about us does not matter. Public opinion changes with the weather. What we say or believe about ourselves does.
Dismantle the box and break free. Believe the unbelievable, see that invisible, imagine the inconceivable and reach out beyond your wildest imagination. The future belongs to dreamers, people who can see the future before it happens.
Usiere Uko is the webmaster of the Financial Freedom Inspiration website and editor of the monthly Financial Freedom Inspiration Newsletter, a free ezine to inspire you to exit the rat race and fulfill your God given dreams. To subscribe or visit the site, please visit http://www.financial-freedom-inspiration.com
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