Why Your Limits Aren’t Limiting

Do you have limits? Objectively, of course, you do. If you’re past 35 years old, the prospects of you making it into the NBA are gone. And perhaps you never had the talent to make into the league.

The simple fact that you’re not good at everything indicates that you have certain limitations. We all do. Like everyone else, you have strengths and weaknesses. Your weaknesses place limits on what you can do—at least what you can do successfully.

Some people are talented musicians; some people are tone-deaf and can’t even follow the tempo of their hearts. Even with the best intentions, the “tone-deaf” will struggle if thrown in the musical arena.

However, although you have limits in specific areas of life, there are other areas where the possibilities available to you are endless. The tone-deaf might be a wordsmith, and thus, able to write stories like no one else. He can spend the rest of his life mastering his craft and affecting people’s lives with his words. In that area, there are no limits to what that person can do.

Here’s the paradox. Although you have limits in certain areas of life, your potential for growth is limitless—at least your potential is so huge that you never reach its limit. You can continue to learn and grow until you give your last breath.

The world is an abundant place. There are always discoveries for you to make. You never get to a point where you say that you’ve seen it all. Science tells us that the earth is finite (it has a dimension). However, it’s so vast that you never reach the ends of the earth. You would need more than one lifetime to taste all the planet has to offer.

You can spend the rest of your life exploring the world and your potential and never scratch the surface of everything available to you.

From a practical point the view, we can say that you have no limits. You can always grow more. You can always contribute more. You can always discover more. You can always love more. You can always serve more. You can always sharpen your skills. Thus, the limits that paralyze you and cause you to stagnate are those you place on yourself.

It’s one thing to recognize your weaknesses and purposely stay away from your areas of weakness. It’s another thing to allow fear to confine you within the limits of your comfort zone. It’s one thing let go of your NBA dreams when you reach 35. It’s another thing to let go of dreaming and having goals altogether because you underestimate what you’re capable of.

In most cases, you don’t know what you’re capable of until you try. Thus, you must continually and intentionally push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things. As you do, you’ll recognize that one lifetime is short to express your greatness.

Don’t sell yourself short; your potential is enormous. Stop focusing on what you don’t have; you have much to offer. Stop putting the attention on your weaknesses; you have strengths that can make a great difference in the world.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.