By Jay Forte
Imagine living in a world where you can be anything you want to be. You have all the resources you need to achieve this. You have all the support you need to reach your goals.
With nothing holding you back, what would you choose?
Most of us don’t know because we struggle to imagine having no limits. Why? Because we are faced with an endless list of limitations every day, from ability to time, to resources, to support. That, coupled with the fact that our world is quick to remind us that life is filled with limitations, often results in choosing to be practical and play things safe.
But just imagine what you could do when those limitations are acknowledged as hurdles and not road blocks.
See, when you acknowledge a limit and work with it, you can start to have better control over your capabilities. You can allow yourself to invent, create and imagine all that is meaningful and valuable in you because you push yourself to the edges and consider things that may have otherwise been ignored. You start to say what matters to you. You move past playing small.
If you don’t dream it, you can’t achieve it.
Our greatest lives are those that have moved us past our comfort zones, past what we think we can achieve, and introduced us to abilities and strengths we never knew we had. When we are afraid to try, afraid to push our limits, we prevent ourselves from discovering how amazing we are and what those amazing abilities can help us achieve. Our lack of self-awareness keeps us focused on our limits and playing small.
To push to your edges and challenge your limits, start asking questions like, “What if…” and “How about…”
- What if I went back to college and pursued a degree in something I am passionate about?
- What if I took the job I want to take instead of staying local where my family and friends are?
- What if I applied for the role in the company others say is too big for me, but I totally can see myself in it?
- Let’s imagine that we wrap this project and beat the deadline by a full week – what would that look like?
- How about redefining this role in the company to include a remote or gig employee?
- How about living in another country for a year?
We build limits to keep ourselves safe, but overtime, the limits we set for ourselves are often the very ones that box us in, making life and work smaller and less fulfilling. As a result, we can only truly live a fraction of our potential.
So, be self-aware. Go for the greatest image, vision or opportunity possible. Imagine, invent and create. You can scale things back if you need to, but give it a try first.
What could you create if you had no limits?
Important Questions from a Coach:
- In what areas in work and life do you impose limits?
- What is one dream, wish or adventure you want for yourself?
- What is one thing you will do today to start to move the edges of your limits to allow yourself a larger view?