As I was cruising around the blogs of the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month, I found this post by Teresa Beeman. She talks about 7 powerful strategies for success. It was a great post for sure, but the last strategy that really caught my eye.
Here is what Teresa had to say:
Know Your Limits
There is a difference between obstacles and limits. Obstacles can be overcome; limits cannot. There are many obstacles, but few real limits. Look at it this way: a person who is blind cannot drive a car. That is a true limit that cannot be overcome. Knowing what your real limits are will save you from disappointment because you won’t go after that which you will never be able to attain. But once you know and recognize your limits, everything else is a possibility.
How do you really know your limits? Too many times, what we think of as limits aren’t true limits. For instance, although a blind person cannot drive a car, there are many things they CAN do that many thought were limited. Blind people couldn’t read, so Braille was invented.
Limits Are Self Imposed
Last night, as I was watching a Splash/Dancing with the Stars double header, I was reminded that what are limits to some people are mere obstacles to others. Doesn’t that mean that limits are truly self imposed?
On Dancing with the Stars, legally blind Brilyn Rakes danced beautifully with Derek Hough. To some, her blindness would be a limit to what she could achieve. After all, dancers rely on their sight and look in the mirror to make sure that their moves are beautiful and to make corrections. To Brilyn, her blindness is a mere obstacle.
Here is Brilyn’s beautiful performance:
On Splash, my favorite diving show, there are also participants with limitations. Trust me, as an Olympic diver, I can truly say that being 7 foot tall like Kareem Abdul Jabbar limits your diving capabilities. Great for basketball, not for diving. Kareem cannot change his height. And weighing 400 lbs like Louie Anderson limits your ability to flip of a diving board without getting hurt.
Yet neither of these fabulous participants let that limit their enthusiasm for flipping of the diving board. Kareem did a forward one and a half somersaults of 3 meter, while Louie did a rolling back flip.
Limits? No. Merely obstacles.
Don’t be so quick to assign yourself a limit. It may be just an obstacle. Before we know it, blind people will be self steering driving Google cars and yet another limit bites the dust.
“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” -James R. Cook
So my question to you and Teresa is: How do you know if you have a limit or an obstacle?
Let me know in the comments and maybe Teresa can write another blog post about this!