Limits Are An Illusion

Stop boxing yourself in with a self-made prison of limits.

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” — Michael Jordan

You’d be surprised how many limits are self-imposed.

Anything stretching the boundaries of what is possible can be scary. We seek refuge in the familiar. We invent all manner of excuses to avoid what we must do to grow.

Limits are a defense mechanism against big change. Constraints provide a cozy cubbyhole within which we create a sensible world free of difficulty. No one will challenge us or strain the limits of our abilities. God forbid we experience any form of discomfort!

Of course there are real limits to what we are capable of individually and as a human race. But what seems impossible today is often made possible tomorrow.

  • Landing on the moon

  • Breaking the four minute mile

  • Talking to someone on the other side of the world

  • Holding a supercomputer in the palm of your hand

  • Flying miles above the ground in a large metal tube

Had our progenitors failed to push the boundaries of what is possible, many of life’s amenities would simply not exist. Many of our discoveries would have never been made, thereby ensuring a short and difficult life.

The same is true for you personally. Are you limiting what is possible for the future you? Why not aim high? So what if you come up a little short. You will fly higher and achieve a greater distance than you would have otherwise.

Stop putting constraints on what is possible. Aim for the moon. You may land there one day.


🤔 Food for Thought:

Can you identify self-imposed limits in your life?

What is holding you back? Is it fear of the unknown, fear of failure, taking too big of a step or something else entirely?


⚙️ One Small Step:

Find one self-imposed limit. Look at it objectively. Try getting a coach if you need help determining the root cause. Try taking smaller steps. Perhaps the support of another person or group can motivate you to break free. Focus on what you have to gain.