Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imagination, our possibilities become limitless.
We are what we think. We become what we think.
So much has been said and written about the power of positive thinking and visualization, to the point that these ideas have become somewhat clichéd. However, it is hard to deny that the only stumbling blocks to our dreams are our own limitations.
More often than not, these limitations are the product of our own psyche; their seeds are sown by anything ranging from past experiences to a few discouraging words from one’s peers and are then nurtured by our own fears and self-doubt. Time only serves to add weight to these boundaries, making it even harder for us to break free and realize our potential to the fullest. And before we know it, we are caught in the vice-like grip of the very constraints we subconsciously imposed upon our minds. Fortunately, as impossible as it might seem in such circumstances, there is always a way out.
First and foremost, we need to understand that we can and shall become whatever we set out to. Of course, it takes plenty of hard work and determination to realize one’s aspirations, but an I-can-do-it attitude is where it all begins.
Ideally, one would need to dispense with all limits to attain self-actualization. However, since this is easier said than done, the least we can do is constantly stretch our limits and dare ourselves to fulfill our destiny. Remember, most things in life actually come down to how desperately we want them. It is easy to make excuses and blame everything on fate and whatnot, but real courage lies in defying all challenges to scale the summit.
Jamie Paolinetti was a former bike racer and an active writer and filmmaker. He once made the critically-acclaimed quote: “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imagination, our possibilities become limitless.”