The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once observed: “Most people take the limits of their vision to be the limits of the world. A few do not. Join them.” Profound point. The life that you see this very moment isn’t necessarily the life of your future. You might be viewing things through the eyes of your fears, limitations, and false assumptions. Once you clean up the stained glass window you see the world through, guess what? A whole new set of possibilities appears. Remember, we see the world not as it is but as we are.
That idea changed my life, over a decade ago, when I was an unhappy lawyer searching for a better way to live.
Before 1954, it was believed that no runner could ever break the four – minute mile barrier. But after Roger Bannister broke it, much more replicated his feat – within weeks. Why? Because he showed people what was possible. They got a new reference point. And then armed with that belief, people did the impossible.
What’s your four – minute mile? What bill of goods have you sold yourself as to what’s impossible?
What false assumptions are you making in terms of what you cannot have, do and be? Your thinking creates your reality. Your beliefs truly become self – fulfilling prophecies (because your beliefs drive your actions – and you will never act in a way that is misaligned with your thinking; the size of your life reflects the size of your thinking). If you think something cannot occur in your life, then there’s no way you will take the action required to make that goal a reality. Your “impossibility thinking” manifests itself our perceived limitations become the chains that keep you from the greatness you were meant to be. And you are so much better than that. Celebrated neurosurgeon Ben Carson expressed it so well when he said: “There is no such thing as an average human being; if you have a normal brain, you are superior.”