Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.
Good morning, friends! I hope the weather is as beautiful for you this morning as it is for me. Of course, it’s North Carolina in the summer so it can and will change in a minute!
Picture in your mind for a moment an image of the person you truly, honestly, really want to be. Maybe you want to be a better wife or husband, son or daughter, friend or neighbor. Perhaps the image is of a more financially secure person, or a more healthy person, or a happier person. The list is long, but the question is the same: how do you get from the person you are to the person you want to be?
I’ll bet as quickly as you manufactured your image you began to list the reasons you cannot, or cannot easily, become the person you want to be. Limitations, we call these thoughts, and limitations are commonly thoughts of environment. We think of things outside ourselves that prevent us from becoming the inward person we want to be. We have become so controlled by our environment we hardly know any other way to think. I’ll share this thought with you: when it comes to you and who you want to be, your environment is a marshmallow wall.
What is a marshmallow wall? The mental walls we construct to prevent us from movement we imagine are brick walls, or concrete, or steel, something permanent and unbreakable. Whatever walls you imagine preventing you from becoming who you want to be are anything but permanent; they are wimpy marshmallow walls. Knock them down with one hand. Kick them over. Run through them. Just don’t be intimidated by them.
The real challenge to your life is not at all your environment; it’s purely you. You make the choices that determine who you are. You’re not genetically designed to be a bad wife, husband, son, daughter, father or mother. No genetic gene makes you financially insecure, or unhealthy, or unhappy. Nor does any environment factor. It’s all you, your choices and commitments. Decide who you want to be and then start doing it, day after day, hour after hour, every day, every hour, all the time. When you mess up, forgive yourself and then get to it again. How long will it take? I don’t know. What I do know is it will take at least one day longer if you don’t start today. So start today. Be the person you want to be. Tell me about it if you want to. I’ll celebrate with you! Have a great week.