There is very little chance that we will accomplish anything of value in life, unless we think we can, unless we believe in ourselves. Limiting beliefs are like a paralyzing drug that keeps us from being our best, from attempting to challenge the boundaries, and from achieving the impossible.
I know. I grew up with a lot of limiting beliefs and it is still something I have to guard against every single day. We have to find a way to move past the limiting self-talk and the negative thoughts that keep us from the fulfilling lives we could and should have.
This reminds me on an eagle I read about. The owner had captured an eagle and kept it chained to a pole in the ground. All the eagle could do was walk in circles, and it did that for so long it wore a groove in the ground. Finally, the owner decided to set it free. He took off the chain from the eagle’s foot, lifted the eagle above his head, let it go, and watched in awe as the eagle spread his powerful wings and took off towards the clouds. It wasn’t long, though, before the eagle was back on the ground, walking the same path it had done for years. The eagle’s chain was no longer there, but the limited thinking kept the eagle chained just the same.
I’ve been reading through John Maxwell’s very insightful and inspiring book called The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth. One day I came across this shocking statistic. “By the time you are 17 years old, you’ve heard “No, you can’t,” an average of 150,000 times. You’ve heard “Yes, you can,” about 5000 times.” Wow! Talk about brainwashing.
No wonder many of us have a strong sense of inferiority as we grew up, and why so many people have an “I can’t” attitude. Their negative self-talk keeps them chained, when all they need to do to be free is open their wings and fly. We have to get over that negativity by focusing on what’s possible, our strengths, our goals and dreams. We have to visualize ourselves already in possession of the abilities we need to succeed. We have to see ourselves as victorious, as strong, as smart and well able. We have to believe that we can soar like an eagle, high above the limitations that kept us bound. Then, slowly but surely, that little voice that is always going on in our mind, our self-talk, will change it’s refrain from “No, I can’t” to a loud and resounding “YES, I CAN!”