Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
~ Richard Bach
Why do we argue for our limitations?
Because we have a limited view and don't see the big picture.
So often we act like the six blind men who wanted to know what an elephant was like. They each felt a part of the elephant and they experienced different things. Independently they thought the elephant was like a pillar, a rope, a tree trunk, a large hand fan, a solid pipe, and a wall. They argued and argued for their point of view. They didn't see the bigger picture.
When we make excuses as to why we can't accomplish a goal or learn something new or change a habit, it is because we've become blinded by our limited perception.
It is vital for us to remain open to possibilities we may have never considered.
It's vital that we continue to learn, to grow, to practice, and to remain open to new ideas and thoughts instead of doggedly gripping onto our biases, judgments, and opinions.
Sometimes it's a challenge to think new thoughts because we are so used to thinking the same way. Maybe we've lost the ability to imagine things as they 'could be' because we are busy looking at the way things are.
These ideas are not new. How many times have you heard "change your thinking, change your life?" Or how about this quote from Napoleon Hill: "Whatever the mind of man (and woman) can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
We've heard them. But do we believe them?
I mean really believe them? And if we do believe them, do we act like we believe them? Or do we act and think the way we've always acted and thought? Do we stay in our comfort zone and turn a 'blind eye' and a 'deaf ear' to new ideas that may help us see ourselves in a new light?
I was working with a client who refused to believe the consistent feedback she was getting from her co-workers and supervisors that she needed to improve her tone of voice, her helpfulness, and her attitude toward customers. She refused to believe those comments had any validity. She saw herself as being the best receptionist in the office.
The idea that she needed to improve in any way was a huge blind spot for her.
And it was negatively impacting her relationships with her co-workers. It took some time and patience but I was finally able to help her open her eyes to another point of view, while avoiding any shame, blame, or humiliation. She was able to see what her talents were and what skills needed to be upgraded.
We all have blind spots in the way we think, believe, and perceive (even me!!). Our blind spots can be comfortable, but they can also block our forward momentum in living the rich, fulfilling, prosperous, successful, joy-filled, purpose-filled, vibrant life that is meant for us.
Sometimes we just need some help in clearing our vision so we can make a course-correction and be open to those new possibilities.
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Call to Action: In the next 24 - 48 hours take some time and reflect on these questions that may indicate a blind spot:
Janet is an effective 'Belief Change Expert' who helps clients go from Overwhelm to Overjoyed, from Confusion to Clarity, and from Surviving to Thriving. Whether you want to grow your business or grow your self-esteem, Janet helps people believe in their own potential and transform their dreams into fulfilling, inspired, and prosperous realities. Janet can help you get the rapid results you are looking for.
Janet Kingsley is an effective 'Belief Change Expert' who helps clients transform frustration to focus, confusion to clarity, and self-doubt to self-confidence.