Limits: Real or Imagined?

Ultimate Blog Challenge Post 10

Yesterday I asked you to help me to answer a question I am fascinated in at the moment (well to be honest it’s fascinated me for some time) and that was to define what it means to live a limitless life.  I look forward to sharing all the responses with you in the near future but in the meantime I got to thinking about the opposite of being and experiencing limitless.  That is a life filled with or bound by limits; a life in the box perhaps?

In particular I began thinking about whether the limits that we can experience are real or imagined.  These thoughts came after a great conversation I recorded with my friend Jennifer Lee, founder of Artizen Coaching and award winning author or The Right-Brain Business Plan

During our chat which will air in the next couple of weeks on Creative Possibility – The Limitless Life on Web Talk Radio, Jenn and I talked about many things that would be limits as examples of the things that get in the way of us living an empowered, confident, more joyous and abundant life

Where do these limits we experience come from?  Are they real or imagined?

How often have you got yourself in such a mess that you just can’t seem to find a way out.  What sort of limit does this place on you and what impact does that have?  Most importantly how does it make you feel?

When it comes to busting through limits one of the first things I like to do is challenge whatever it is that I see as a limit.  I take the approach that it’s not real until proven and most of the time I end up deciding that what I got myself so bound up by isn’t really that real or that big of a deal after all.  I’ve become entangled in the emotion and perception or belief that it’s real and when that happens it’s time to challenge it big-time!

Here’s a quick exercise to help you to see things from a different perspective

Busting Limits Exercise

Get yourself a piece of paper – the bigger the better if possible!

Now draw a square or rectangle so it represents a box

Inside of the box write down all the facts you have that proves that the challenge or issue is real

Next turn the piece of paper up-side down so all that you’ve written inside is facing a different direction

Now think about all the evidence you have that proves the challenge or issue is just imagined around the outside of the shape

Once you’re done turn it around as many times as you have to until what’s in the middle is just a blur and then let it go so you can go back to soaring

I hope that helps you to see things from a new perspective and to gain some sense of limitless in your life.  It’s a simple tool yet so powerful and fun so I encourage you to give it a go with something happening in your life right now and then to share your experience below

Until next time I wish you a limitless life filled with succulent, effortless success

Shannon

6 thoughts on “Limits: Real or Imagined?

    1. Shannon Bush Post author

      Hi Linda! thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post and so glad you loved the exercise. I’ll have to take a look at your post – obviously a big message for us both.
      Wishing you a limitless life filled with succulent, effortless success
      Shannon

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  1. Kyna Baker

    This is amazing – I needed this. As much as I know about fear and the limiting value that it puts on your life, I was struggling with pushing towards my goals. Before I finished reading your post, I was imagining using the box to write my fear on the inside. On the outside of the box write what would happen if I accomplished my goal. Thank you!

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    1. Shannon Bush Post author

      Hi Kyna
      I’m delighted you got something out of the post – I find creative exercises are great at giving us a different perspective and often just the boost we need to get out of things like fear. All the best with your goals! do stop back and let me know how you go with them. All the best
      Wishing you a limitless life filled with succulent, effortless success
      Shannon

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  2. Kathi Laughman

    Sounds like a good exercise. It’s interesting that we don’t go back and re-address growth and what it means to us now. Incremental steps can often help us get moving in the right direction. When I think something isn’t plausible – I ask myself what is plausible. What could I do? And then what steps can I take to get to the point I can do it? That’s the real key – understanding that even if I’m limited now, I do not have to stay limited. But I agree- first step is to make sure the limits are real! A Limit Buster! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Shannon Bush Post author

      Hi Kathi
      I agree, small steps are fantastic at helping to get us moving. In fact I think it’s small steps that make the biggest difference and it’s when we recognise and celebrate each one of these that the journey to what ever destination we are aiming for is that much sweeter. One of my favourite things to ask myself is “How can this be easy / easier?” and then I listen to my intuition and define one action I can take based on what I hear, feel and know that moves me forward in the direction that’s right for me. Yes it’s key to remember that we do mot have to stay limited!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment
      Wishing you a limitless life filled with succulent, effortless success
      Shannon

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