I’m surprised at how easily I can unknowingly put limits on myself that rob me of the opportunity to engage in new life experiences. For example, when someone presents me with an opportunity to try something new, or to take a course of action that is different from my normal mode of operation, occasionally, before I finish thinking about it, I hear my own voice telling the other person why it won’t work or why it’s a bad idea. Sometimes this occurs seemingly automatic. This is not a tendency that I want to take root and become a habit in my life.
Why do we put limits on ourselves lives this? Living out of fear, playing it safe, or staying in our comfort zone is no way to live a vibrant, fulfilling life we desire.
I’m becoming very mindful of this tendency in my life. So now, when I recognize it, I immediately acknowledge it and purposely examine my response to determine if it is coming out of fear or a desire to stay within my comfort zone, versus a legitimate concern. If it’s a legitimate concern, I act accordingly. However, if I find I’m acting out of fear or complacency, I’ve begun asking myself what I’m afraid of, or why I’m so reluctant to say yes. I also remind myself that I’m someone who likes to shake up the routine, and here is a great opportunity to do so.
I also realize that this tendency has caused me to miss out on some experiences I probably would have enjoyed. As I look back, I’ve always been glad when I’ve gone against this tendency of putting unnecessary limits on myself. And each time I do, my resolve becomes stronger to continue to do so in the future.
Is this a tendency you occasionally face? If so, be on the lookout for it, so when it occurs, you can cause something to happen by stopping yourself from placing unnecessary roadblocks on your path to the abundant life.