Have you ever looked at a person and thought to yourself, “I sure wish I could do that. They are so good at it; they must have been trained by the best and doing it for years.” Then we proceed to say to ourselves…. “I could never do that! There’s no way I’d have the talent to accomplish that. I’m not educated enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or I don’t have the resources, time or money to get it done.” We automatically put limitations on ourselves. Maybe it’s thru fear of failure, fear of success, fear of disappointment but we continue to do this. WHY???? Putting these limitations on ourselves only limits us to achieving our success, happiness and fulfilling our ultimate dreams.
Just recently I was thinking these exact thoughts. Let me explain before I go any further….I am a part of this wonderful team of Young Living business people. We are mostly all women (99%), we love our oils, each of us have different oil success stories, we are not all on the same team but we do unconditionally support each other, cheer each other on and share our strengths with each other. One of us may be amazing at graphics, another person may be creative with words, yet another person may have intuitive business sense and awareness. But we all share our talents to make each other great without any reserve, jealousy or competitiveness. Yes….it is an amazing team to work with!!!!
During the past few months, I’ve been learning from the best on my team. All the while, wishing I had their talent to successfully host an online Facebook class as they were doing. These classes require graphic designing, educated writing, organization, humor, attention to detail, ability to draw your audience in and keep them interested and most importantly, a topic that’s substantial, relative and important to owning your own business. Wow!!! I could never do that! Well, that’s what I thought. Until, I put on my big girl pants, hiked up my boots and jumped right in. Not allowing my self-limitations (that’s all in the mind anyway, right?) to stop me. If I am going to be successful, if I want my team to be successful, if I want to share my talent with other amazing people, I needed to dedicate myself to making my Facebook class a reality. But not just a reality…I was gonna make it awesome!
Starting from scratch, literally, I learned how to make graphics that were eye-catching and interesting (there were many F-bombs when the graphics system pissed me off, lol). I used my customer service experience to write up some important dialogue. I revisited past classes to learn from others on how to organize the class; and most importantly, reached out to other team leaders and asked questions – “we learn from those who came before us” author unknown. Long story short….I did it!!!! I overcame one made-up limitation at a time and I did it! And it was not only successful but highly acknowledged as well.
This experience got me thinking…just how often people put limitations on themselves which prevents them from greater things in life. I then thought back on other times I did this to myself but overcame those foolish limitations. Here’s a few that I’m now embarrassed to admit:
- My sister graduating 4th in her high school class and me thinking to myself “I’ll never be able to do that.” I even remember telling my Mom that. Well….I graduated 4th in my class 🙂
- Wanting to be promoted into the Marketing Directors position which was held by a lady with 20 years experience. I got the job! (with no experience)
- This is a big one….Passing my National Academy of Sports Medicine exam. With schooling in business and accounting and not one health or anatomy class, I was sure I’d never pass this intense exam. When I did, I literally fell to the floor crying tears of joy!
- Getting fit and healthy was another impossibility for me. Many of you know how much I love to eat! It became so important to me that I dedicated myself to this mission not only for myself but for my family and I attained my goal. (It’s still an everyday battle.)
Now that I shared TMI, let’s move on.
These ridiculous limitations we put on ourselves are all “in our head.” We make them up just so we are not accountable or responsible for whatever opportunity presents itself to us. We all have it in us to do whatever we desire. God equipped us with everything we will ever need. To experience life to the fullest – throw away any thoughts you have on your own personal limitations. We only need to step out of our comfort zone, dedicate ourselves to greatness and focus. YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU PERCEIVE THE IMPOSSIBLE!
P.S. I thought I could never write a blog 🙂