PERSONAL LIMITATIONS; REAL, LEARNED OR IMPOSED?
Debunk your limiting beliefs.
“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong, 1969.
Our set of beliefs are a blend between what society has taught us, our family has taught us and what we have learned by experiencing our life. Let’s focus on how the experience has been carving our personality and has set up a framework for living a ‘common sense’ life.
As defined per the internet; ‘sound practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge that is shared by ("common to") nearly all people’. So is it true that common sense is “common to” everyone or is this a disbelief? Furthermore, is common sense a possible limiting belief?
Let’s explore some examples of not having “common sense”.
-You are just one man, you cannot change anything.
Mahatma Gandhi changed the course of his country’s history
-Your child is blind his disability will taint his life forever.
Stevie Wonder, one of the most famous musicians and singers of our history.
-Your child’s arm has been beaten by a shark, she should probably stop surfing.
Bethany Hamilton won 1st place in the Explorer Women’s Division
of the NSSA National Championships
There are several examples of people that focused on success and not on their “disability” hence why success was their outcome.
There are 2 types of people:
-People who are not discouraged by their disabilities
-People who are discouraged by their disabilities
Disabilities are a set of limitations which could be mental, physical or be part of a set of beliefs.
We are all disabled because we all impose limitations on ourselves.
The question is,
Are our disabilities empowering us to become better or do we fall to succumb to them?
Let’s explore common misbeliefs connected to “common sense”:
- I am not good at writing. I want to become a writer but it doesn’t make sense to become one.
If you want to become a writer, learn, practice, repeat!
-I am not good at learning languages. I would love to become a translator but it doesn’t make sense to become one.
Explore ways of learning languages, immerse yourself in different cultures… learn, practice, repeat!
-I would like to open my own business but I don’t know how to do it, so ...
Just open it!
Knowledge will set you free. Learn the basic of what you want to do, choose a role model, attend courses, get yourself involved with people that have done it!
Do not let fear stop you from accomplishing what you want.
If you are interested in untangling some of your limiting beliefs, please write or type down these phrases. Be as specific as possible and do not skip steps to receive the full benefit of the exercise:
I cannot _____ because _____, but I will ____ by ______. (eg. I cannot write books because I am not intelligent enough but I will write books by attending a writing course at the university college of Harvard.) Repeat this phrase with different limiting beliefs 5 times.
Write down a list of everything you wrote down after ‘by’.
You have your first to-do list to empower yourself and untangle your limiting beliefs! Congratulations!
Follow your own advice, and free yourself from your ‘common sense’ limitations!
This is just the first step to removing your own mental blockages. There is a long but exciting path ahead!
If you need further assistance, contact us and we will be delighted to help you strategize your plan to success.