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Do What You Said You Couldn’t


Overcoming Self-Imposed Limitations.

Have you ever found yourself holding back from pursuing a dream or trying something new because of limiting beliefs or self-doubt? It’s not uncommon for us to let fear and uncertainty keep us from moving towards what we really want and who we want to become.

But what if we made a pledge to do one thing we thought we couldn’t each month? What if we stepped out of our comfort zones and challenged ourselves to overcome those self-imposed limitations?

The good news is … it’s never too late to get started.

One simple tool we can use to move in the direction of empowerment and overcome self-imposed limitations is creating a “brave list.” This list is a collection of things that we’ve always wanted to do but haven’t attempted because of fear or limiting beliefs. It can be anything from starting a new hobby to traveling solo to even starting a business.

Once we have our brave list, we can take small steps towards accomplishing an item on it. It might be uncomfortable or even scary at first, but as we push ourselves to do things we thought we couldn’t, we begin to break free from those limiting beliefs and gain confidence in our abilities. This is something called the confidence/competence loop.

But it’s important to approach this process with self-compassion and care. We must be graceful with ourselves and understand that growth and progress take time. It’s in the individual steps that equal a mile. So, celebrate each small step and use setbacks as learning opportunities.

By doing things you thought you couldn’t, you begin to redefine your capacity and step more into your power. By doing this – you can discover new passions, gain new experiences and fun opportunities. And ultimately, you can create a life that’s fulfilling and authentic to you.

So here’s your action item. Create your brave list today and take that first small step towards something you thought you couldn’t do. Remember … you have the power within you to overcome self-imposed limitations and live a life that’s truly extraordinary.

Get to it and journey on.

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