The word ‘LIMITATION‘ is so repulsive to me.
The idea that I CAN’T do something, or that there’s only so much I can experience is too horrible to contemplate.
Holding the opposite attitude will change your life, and I can prove it.
Einstein said the following and is worthy of memorizing….
“We are boxed in by the boundary conditions of our thinking”
What boundary conditions have you placed on your life?
Are you boxing yourself in?
Our experience of life is ENTIRELY shaped by how we think, so isn’t it really stupid to go around telling yourself that….
- I can’t do that
- I’m stuck in this career
- I can’t make any more money
- I can’t build the body I want, I give up!
That sort of thinking will get you NOWHERE. You won’t even consider other possibilities and you’ll end up stuck in a rut. You’ll want to make that box you’ve built as comfy as possible because you’ll be in it for a long time!
“But They’ll Call You ‘Polyanna’!”
So what! Thinking on the positive side is the ONLY thing that makes sense. If things are going well, it makes them even better. If they aren’t going so well your attitude will serve you tremendously in giving you the energy, certainty and enthusiasm to move forward.
Negative thinking will do the opposite of all the above.
The result? Stagnation At Best | Hopelessness At Worst.
While I’m far from perfect at this, I get better all the time. Don’t strive to be perfect, but start the PROCESS today.
How To Get Started
To start living a more FREE life; a life without limitation, I suggest you start by just saying YES to more things.
I recently saw a movie called ‘Yes Man‘ starring Jim Carrey. The basic premise is that saying YES to the opportunities in your life will always lead to something good. Jim Carrey plays a ‘No Man’ at the beginning of the film. His life sucks, he does nothing and goes nowhere.
After being persuaded by a friend to attend a ‘YES‘ seminar, he HAS to say YES to every opportunity that comes his way. Sure enough, his life is completely transformed.
Each decision, no matter how small, will take you in a different direction. Because of the laws of cause and effect, any decision you make changes the course of the rest of your life – it can be something small or something big.
Here’s an example. A guy needs some household things from his local corner shop. He decides to walk it rather than take the car. When he’s there he bumps into an old friend, something that wouldn’t have happened had he took the car as walking took 15 minutes longer. So they swap phone numbers and meet up for a pint later that week.
In time he meets all his friends’ friends, holidays with them, falls in love….all that good stuff. So he ends up living a COMPLETELY different life than he would have if he had taken the car that day.
An example from my own life would be the decision to first start lifting weights, which in itself came about by a chance meeting with a friend of a friend. If that hadn’t have happened, you wouldn’t be reading this article right now, and WHO KNOWS what my life would have looked like.
Small decisions, BIG differences.
Try this out, the next opportunity that presents itself to you, say yes inside yourself and think about what might happen. If there’s no threat of anything bad happening, go for it!
You NEVER know where it may lead.
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Great motivation article, and spot on. I was feeling unmotivated to work out today, and based on the Law of Causality, by being subscribed to your site, and receiving this email, and reading it, I’ve now become very motivated. Cause and effect is awesome! Thanks for the boost. Believe, achieve, succeed.
Agreed. This morning I was a very feeling sorry for myself Marochka, and now I am a very has the energy to go buy nutritious food on the way home and work out later Marochka. Thanks for this timely message.
This was a spontaneous article today. Just got a sudden hunch that I wanted to write about the horror of self-imposed limitations.
I think everyone could benefit from this type of EMPOWERING thinking.
I always look out for your motivation articles, Mark.
They always inspire me.
Too many people focus on the obstacles in front of them instead of the opportunities.
Over the past few days I’ve been feeling very sorry for myself over a few different aspects of my life, I was feeling this was a couple of months back and I remember you put an article up about trying to be happy for 7 days, at the time it worked and I’m glad you’ve written this article at this time, as it’s given me a much needed lift.
This article is great. I was just starting to get so into myself always saying no to every situation, now this has given me the motivation to start saying yes more often. I’m thinking now I should get that movie just so I’ll have a burst of motivation every time I feel myself going in.
Yes man is a great movie and very inspirational. It’s amazing the things that can start happening when we are open to more opportunities.
Very helpful article mark, thanks. I found this article on the web and I thought it would be appropriate to add the link here. Check it out.
The author argues that the 5-15 pounds of muscle per year is a myth and that it is a limiting belief. He believes 20-30 pounds of muscle can be gained in a 10-12 week period of time by beginners or intermediates if they train intelligently, but advanced bodybuilders won’t gain quite so fast. Enjoy.