You have been trying, and failing, for too long. So, what gives? Are you as limited as you think you are, or is something else going on?
It could be that you have limited yourself. Most limitations are self-imposed, for one reason or another. So how can you tell when a limitation is real, or something else entirely?
Look for The Word “They”
Anytime you make a ‘they’ statement, what you are talking about is your self-doubt. You may feel like ‘they’ are keeping you in the same boring job, or from becoming financially independent; but in truth, it is your fear holding you back.
Have You Checked Your Motivation?
It could be that you have lost sight of why you want to complete your goal in the first place. When your goal becomes muddy and unclear, it can look and feel like a limitation. Try to meditate on why you set this goal in the first place. Your motivation will come back!
Are You Feeling Vulnerable?
When you are worried about how you are going to look to other people, it is easy to put a limitation on your actions. Let’s face it, no one likes to be the subject of someone else’s laughter. The question is: is anyone paying attention? Most of the time, when we are worried that someone is looking at us funny, there is no one paying attention to begin with!
Do You Lack Confidence?
If you have started to doubt your ability to reach your goal, it is easy to formulate limitations to keep you from having to go further. If this is the case, then it is time to look back at your history. Where have you succeeded before? Where have you failed? What does that tell you about your ability to handle this situation?
Have You Asked for Help?
Are you stalled out due to lack of knowledge, or because you have gone as far as you could on your own? It might be time to enlist the help and support of a mentor, or colleague to help push past this obstacle.
Where are You Emotionally?
Is depression or worry keeping you down and inventing excuses to stall out? Address the emotional issues that are making you feel like you cannot get passed this point. Try meditating on the way you feel 5 minutes daily!
Do You Need a Mental Health Day?
If you have been trudging along for a while without seeing much success, it is easy to get burnt out and then perceive the burn out as a limitation. Try taking a day or two off so you can get your head back in the game tomorrow. Relax, get creative, or watch that TV show you have been meaning to binge!
Recognizing when you are at the root of these self-imposed limitations is a good thing because that means you also have the tools to get passed this point. Close self-examination will help you determine what you need to do to move passed this point, to find the success that is waiting for you.
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