Maybe it stems from others telling us, over and over again throughout life, that we can’t do “XYZ”? Whatever the cause, the biggest thing that stands between where one is now and one’s true potential is self-imposed beliefs on our own limitations. Simply put, we get in our own way. Would you ever voluntarily incarcerate yourself in a prison? Probably not! Then why would you let yourself be imprisoned by your own thoughts? Just as bad, why would you let someone else “imprison” you with their thoughts of doubt? It’s really ridiculous, if you think of it.
Here’s another concrete example: In the circus world, baby elephants are secured to a stake via a rope around their leg. This keeps them “under control” and makes it easier for the trainier to train them.
It works – the baby elephant is too small to pull the stake out of the ground. Make no mistake about it, that baby elephant will pull on that stake relentlessly for days, but to no avail – they’re stuck there. Eventually, that baby elephant realizes it futile to keep trying, they’ll never be able to pull that stake out of the ground – they give up and quit trying.
Nothing against elephants, but what that baby elephant doesn’t know is as they grow/mature – had it only kept trying to pull out that stake it could EASILY pull that stake out of the ground and be free.
But, because that elephant stopped trying long long ago, it is oblivious to what IT COULD HAVE DONE.
Now, the good news is that we are not elephants, we’re humans. You may overcome your obstacles on your own. Or a coach, a mentor, boss or spouse – someone who cares about you realizing your full potential and wants more for you – will ask you to pull the stake out of the ground. To tear down the self imposed prison walls, to put on a blindfold so you can’t measure yourself against external limitations and simply live up to your internal UNLIMITED capabilities.
What will you become when you conquer self-limiting beliefs and step into your true potential? Don’t be an elephant!
I urge you to watch this video excerpt of the ‘death crawl’ from the movie Facing The Giants and then get moving to move past your own “50-yard line” and into YOUR “endzone”.