I approached the bar, tucked myself under, planted my feet, lifted off, and took a small step back. My body was ready to sink down, but my mind told me not to go yet. In fact, my mind was still back taking a swig of water, debating whether or not to put more weight on the bar. As I sunk down into the squat, I hit the ground and the bar came crashing onto the safety bars. I knew I could do it, but I psyched myself out. I let my mind take control of what I knew my body was capable of. I thought about how hard it would be to explode out of the hole. I thought about my form being right. I thought about all the reasons why I couldn’t instead of just doing it. I questioned my capability which led to my failed attempt. Self-imposed limitations are the number one threat to progression in any area of your life.
A self-imposed limitation develops for so many reasons.
1.) You don’t want to set the bar too high, in fear that you won’t reach your goal.
Get this toxic thought out of your head. A goal wouldn’t be worthwhile if it didn’t take a lot of work to reach it. You should fear your goals, that means that they’re valuable because they’re pulling you outside of your comfort zone.
2.) You see other people accomplishing similar goals, and don’t hold yourself to the same standard.
The reason why other people are achieving is because they’re putting in the work to get to where they want to be. The good news is that you can put in hard work and get to where you want to be too. You’re just as capable, you just have to want it as bad.
3.) You’ve failed too many times and just want to give up.
Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Quitting makes you a failure. Sometimes certain goals take multiple steps and more time. Don’t expect to win the lottery, you have to build your fortune.
4.) People in your life make you feel inferior.
People are always going to have something to say, and a lot of those people are going to make sure that what they have to say is heard. Don’t let the negativity of others crush your aspirations. Instead of letting these people cause you to shrivel up, let them be fuel that drives you. The next time someone tells you that you can’t, prove to them that you can.
It’s easier to come up with a million excuses as to why you’re not where you want to be. It’s much more difficult to put in the work and time. But at the end of the day, the person who puts in the hard work accomplishes more, while the person making excuses has nothing to show.
The good thing about self-imposed limitations is that you have total control over them. It might not seem like it, but you do. If you feel like you have to question whether you can or can’t, the answer is that you can, only if you do. The more focused you become, the harder you work, and the less you limit yourself. This results in more goals set and reached. You just become better.
What are you waiting for?