“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti
Remember when you were a child and anything was possible? In fact, everything was possible! You could build a fort out of pillows and blankets and it was no longer a living room. Your imagination created a new, pretend world that came to life. It wasn’t until you were done playing that it became blankets and pillows again. As children we had a limitless mindset. We saw ourselves as invincible. We could do anything.
We were asked as children “What do you want to do when you grow up?”. Our answers were always huge. “I want to be a marine biologist.” or “I want to be an astronaut!” We thought that we could do anything. What happened? When did we let discouragement and disappointment rule our lives? I understand there are things that appear to be limitations. We are all faced with challenges. Nothing worth fighting for is easy to come by. That is not a reason to become complacent.
Let’s say you always wanted to be a fire fighter. There are quite a few steps that need to happen before this can happen. First, you have to become certified as an EMT. Then you need to volunteer your time and provide community service. There are several classes, tests and interview processes as well as detailed background checks that you’ll need to pass.
So, that’s what happened. We grew up and realized that “what I want to be when I grow up” wasn’t as easy as imagining that some blankets and pillows were a fort. As children we expect to snap our fingers and voila! our dreams come true. In reality, we were faced with challenges and decided that making excuses was easier than pushing forward. Excuses such as “I don’t have time for school.” and “I can’t afford to volunteer my time.” and “I’ll never pass those interviews.”
But, you’re here to dream. You’re here on this planet in your body to fulfill those dreams. Do you really think you’re here on Earth to hang out and live a disappointed life? No! You are here to be you; to live fully as you; to be amazed at what you can accomplish. Take a moment to realize in the fire fighting example above, that dreamer could find time for school. They could find time to volunteer without causing financial conflict. This person can pass those interviews with confidence! It’s easy to look at this imaginary scenario and see that really, there are no limitations besides those in the mind.
Apply this wisdom to your own challenges. Start small by simply realizing that your excuse is just a mental obstacle. Know that a mental obstacle can be reversed by changing how you think about the situation. When one part of your mind says “no” challenge it with a “yes, I can!”. I have to bluntly say that no one is stopping you from living a full life, except for yourself. You are in control of your situation. Every day. Every time. I want to applaude your accomplishments. I want you to jump for joy at your own successes. No one can make it happen for you. You have to do it. Take the initiative and say “Yes!” to your dreams. Do it now!