"Limitless" (Blog #11)
We all consciously and subconsciously set limits on our goals and on ourselves. We may have a goal in mind and depending on what others around us have attained is how we will dictate our aim. We have to stop limiting ourselves and reach as high as we can and attain whatever we want. A lot of this comes from the fear of failing! Failure is embedded in us at a young age, when we lose a game or do poorly on a test our parents are "sad" and tell us it's ok, but you can feel the disappointment. There is nothing wrong with losing or failing, there is something wrong if you are too scared to try! For as long as humans have been around nature ensures that only the strong survive. That strength can be physical, mental, emotional or psychological. There's a lot to be said for "tough humans", whether they are strong physically, have an iron will or a large mental capacity, toughness will take you a long way! If you weren't raised to be tough I have some good news for you, you can gain toughness. It starts in your mind and is earned by pushing yourself through tough situations (workouts, job, life, etc).
Here are a couple of reasons why we need to stop setting limits on ourselves, stop fearing failure and go for the jugular:
Sigmund Freud was booed from the podium when he first presented his ideas to the scientific community of Europe. He returned to his office and kept on writing.
Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."
Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.
Michael Jordan and Bob Cousy were each cut from their high school basketball teams. Jordan once observed, "I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed."
The first time Jerry Seinfeld walked on-stage at a comedy club as a professional comic, he looked out at the audience, froze, and forgot the English language. He stumbled through "a minute-and a half" of material and was jeered offstage. He returned the following night and closed his set to wild applause.
27 publishers rejected Dr. Seuss's first book, To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
"No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible." ~ Baudjuin
Be conscious of that little voice in your head, if he/she starts talking wreck-less use that to fuel your fire and push through!