People LOVE a good success story. They get inspired. It allows them to begin dreaming…. what if, what if, what if…..and then the alarm goes off. The horrible self-doubt, self-talk and that little bullshit story of why you can’t achieve your dream sneaks in. Then you give up the hope, go back to your 9 to 5 and say “must be nice”.
As kids our parents and teachers said, “You can be anything you want to be. You just have to work hard.” Kids often have big ideas, astronauts, fire fighters, doctors and of course, The President of the United States. Then, as they grow up, somehow that mindset of “I can be and do anything!” dissipates. Maybe the belief fades because you begin to experience failures, and hit walls and maybe you were taught how to overcome those things. Maybe you somehow learned to just quit, and run in the other direction. Maybe someone who’s opinion your valued said “you’re not good enough”. Maybe someone with their own self-doubt, steered you in another direction because THEY didn’t believe that it could be done. Maybe you have limiting beliefs like, “I’m too old to start now” or “I’m just a kids from a small town, what do I know”…..
- Ask yourself this…. “How would my life be different if you could guarantee that you could do anything.”
- Then, make a list of things that you would do if “success was guaranteed”.
- Now, next to each of those things, write WHY you’re NOT doing that now. Be honest. Pushing past those limiting beliefs is figuring out what they are in the first place, then reminding yourself each time that little negative nelly comes in that they suck and aren’t invited to your dream life.
My friend Emily wrote this on her Facebook the other day and it just resonated with me…
“You’re NEVER too young to start an empire and NEVER too old to chase a dream…. and don’t worry people will talk about you whether you pursue it or NOT.”
It’s true. There are no rules in life. Only the ones YOU create for yourself. Stop limiting yourself. Stop putting yourself down. Start DREAMING. Start KNOWING that you CAN achieve your dream.