Updated: Apr 4, 2020
I like to say that when I grow up, I'm going to be 6'3." I always wanted to be, but now I know without a doubt that it's never going to happen.
It's not exactly, and it never has been within the realm of my control. Being 6'3" isn't something that I can learn, it was the hopeful thought of my younger self. I've given up on that dream, but it doesn't mean that I can't fantasize about it. Besides, my joke is usually good for a courtesy laugh or two. I'll take it.
What I can't take is self limiting believes or prohibitive thinking. I can't understand why people place artificial limits on their own potential. Furthermore, I don't understand why people place artificial limits on the potential of others.
Sure, we aren't all going to grow up to be 6'3." And some of us, no matter how hard we train, will never be able to dunk a basketball on a 10 foot rim, but we are capable of far more than we often give ourselves credit.
Success, accomplishment, fulfillment all begin with the unwavering belief in possibility.
You must first believe in yourself before others will believe in you.
So do that.
And believe, too, in others.
The self limiting beliefs of individuals are often a culmination of negativity spewed from people the individual holds in high esteem.
Fundamentally, the only person who can keep you from realizing your own potential is you. The prohibitive thinking of those around you will make the journey more difficult and less enjoyable, but ultimately, the ball is in your court.
Believe in what you are capable of. Lift others up around you. Surround yourself with people who do the same. Don't give up before you even try.
Pursue your potential with discipline and determination.
Who knows, you might even exceed it.
The possibilities are endless.