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Limitations: How and Why

Posted by Sam on July 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Limitations are something that we all seem to place upon ourselves. I find that I place limitations on not only my own performance but also what is coming to me or what I will allow to happen for me. I have come to a place in my life that I usually catch myself when I start using limiting language, but every once in a while it does get through my filters.

So, what is limiting language or limiting thought? Well, the simplest answer is that language creates a barrier or speed bump in your path to your hightes good.  Such as:

  • I can ___________, but I won't be able to charge for it...
  • I'm never going to get this concept! It's just too hard for me!
  • Why would anyone want to pay for me to do __________?
  • There are so many people interested in my work, but no one will pay for it!
  • I don’t' have the money for what I want. The only way to get it is if I win the lottery.

Some of the limitations are things that seem to make sense, like observing that many people admire what you are doing, but don't seem to want to buy it and stating that "no one will payfor it."

The observation itself is not limiting, but placing a judgment of how all people who admire your work will behave is limiting.

Getting frustrated because something is difficult to understand while you are learning a new skill is understandable,but using words like never or attaching your own performance to a finite outcome (it's just too hard for me. or I'm never going to get this) is limiting.

Similarly, look at the statement regarding the lottery...there is another example of a finite outcome that is placed upon the self. Remember to keep statements positive, helpful and encouraging. You are able to do all that you wish to do. The work is often hard and sacrifices are possible, but it doesn't have to be more difficult by your own thought processes.

Love yourself, love your talents,love your gifts and embrace who you are and who you wish to is all possible if you allow it to manifest!




Intentions: ready, set, GO....

Posted by Sam on June 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Intentions are around us all the time. We create them hundreds of thousands times a day. We are not even aware of most of these intentions. This may seem to be unusual, but think for a moment about just this morning when you awoke.

Think, were you cheerful? happy? looking forward to or dreading your day? what did you say to yourself? Was the language encouraging? Or, was it of dread and wishing for more time to sleep rather than embracing the day?

All of these little thoughts are intentions that we unconsciously set for ourselves. These are thoughts that form the road map of our day...

When I think of intentions, I think of deliberate thoughts that are carefully created, but I am beginning to realize that intentions are simply formed thoughts. I believe that it is true that as I am more conscious of my thoughts, statements, my own words and actions I am creating the life that I want and the life that speaks to me.

As I continue on this purposful path of conscious decision, I find that life is good!

So, some statements to consider...

I don't have any money... vs. That is too expensive or I don't want to spend money on that now.

Ugh, I don't want to go to work!!! vs. I am thankful for my paycheck...

I am so tired! vs. I need more rest tonight.

Business is going to be good, it just isn't yet. vs. There are many exciting things coming for my business!

You see, in these  initial statements there is an undertone of negative and limitation. However, in the later statements there is a sense of gratitude, a plan of action, or a conscious choice made. You'll see that there is not a limitation made or a sense of control.

When I think of the statements that I make I try to consider the most positive way to state the same sentiment. I believe that this helps me stay focused on the path that I want to be on, rather than allowing outside influences (stress, emotion, circumstance) to dictate my path for me.

So, next time you say something to yourself, please, consider what you are saying and what you are telling yourself. Then, consider what you are listening to...are you supporting your dream or are you snuffing it out?