Don't allow your mind to limit your potential. We are born into this world limitless, and yet we become ‘boxed in’ by our own experiences, thoughts, and most importantly our own core beliefs.
“What would you do, if you knew you could not fail?”
The mind is our most powerful asset in life. Believe something, and you can achieve it. Doubt something, and it will slip away. What we see in our mind, we will believe in our heart. What we believe in our heart, we will achieve with our actions.
We need to carefully challenge what we’ve ‘learned’ to be our limitations. The picture of a horse tied up to a small plastic chair reminds me to think about what little, tiny “chairs” are tethering me down and keeping me from achieving my goals. Are they real obstacles, or are they perceived, conditioned and learned obstacles? Courage and bravery seek the unknown. Don't accept the status quo in humanity. Mediocrity is counting on you to not push the limits or question the standards.
This is not a call to begin a practice of cynically second guessing the rules of life. But it is a call for you to use your judgment, instinct, and faith to pursue the things you want. I’m also not suggesting that you can condition your mind that you are capable of flying, and then suddenly you can actually fly off the top of a building. As humans we do have limits in the physical world. What I’m asking you to question are the differences between your actual physical limitations and what you are capable of achieving but aren't accomplishing because your mind isn’t right.
Once you stop believing something is impossible, it becomes possible. One of the greatest examples of this is the story of Roger Bannister. Prior to 1954, running a sub 4 minute mile had been thought to be impossible. For decades people had tried and not a single elite athlete was able to accomplish the feat. Running a mile in under 4 minutes had been said to be “physically impossible” by doctors and scientists of the time. Bannister made the mental decision that he was going to break the 4 minute mark. He trained and dedicated himself to the goal, but most importantly he believed. And against the odds on May 6th, 1954 he entered a race against 5 other runners and finished the mile in 3:59.4. He had accomplished the impossible!
The important part of the story isn’t just Bannister’s accomplishment and his belief in himself, but the fact that once other elite runners heard of Bannister's triumph and realized it was possible, they followed suit and also broke the 4 minute mark.
“Advances are made by those with at least a touch of irrational confidence in what they can do.” – Joan Curcio
Have irrational confidence.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw