I signed in to my bank account to do the monthly financial check to see how everything was looking. As I cautiously hit the “Sign In” button, I thought I was ready for the number. I wasn’t. It was lower. Much lower.
Fear gripped me. I decided to do my psychic/healing work full-time, knowing that there would be rough patches on the road, but I wasn’t prepared for just how deep those potholes would be. Now I had the fear, terror and hopelessness that such a rough road could become.
My mind went immediately to worst-case scenarios, with their accompanying feelings of dread and disappointment. Then the emotional landscape shifted to feelings of anger at myself and my situation; then to blame. Then full-blown panic.
I had to stop this movement toward the Dark Side.
I stopped. I closed my eyes and got in touch with that Inner Voice and Wisdom that I talk and write about so much. The answers I received surprised me.
As much as I was doing, I realized that I was working within a very limited view of my abilities, aptitudes and influence. The truth stared me in the face: I was working in the wrong head-space. Rather than pushing the envelope in my areas of work, I was staking out fenceposts that said, “Do this much and no more. This is your work, so just stick with it. Change is deadly.” By building those limits, and choosing to stay within them, I was not only limiting my influence and income, but also my gifts and even my dignity.
By choosing limitations, I was settling for a limited life and a lesser me.
Something had to change, and fast. I chose to jump the fence of what I was doing, and expand my horizons. I connected with people I had ignored far too long, either out of fear or the excuse that it wasn’t my area in which to work. I literally “put myself out there”, risking my reputation on both personal and public levels. I did things I had never done before. It was hard work, took longer than you might expect, and had no guarantee of good results. I was scared to death.
And I succeeded.
My gifts started to grow beyond what seemed to be at a maximum at the time. My personal sense of dignity and self-worth was beyond positive. My reach to others expanded beyond any expectations I had until then. Oh, and the bank account looked much better, too.
I feel that if you’re reading this article, you have either been at this kind of crisis point recently, or you’re in it right now. It’s not fun or easy, but there is a truth here: If you’re experiencing this, it is a chance for you to recognize your limitations, release them and embrace your highest self.
Below are the six steps I took to recognize and release my limitations, so that I could become who I am truly meant to be. Work through these slowly and deliberately to navigate your way through your situation to a more empowered, limit-free life!
- Observe. What’s going on right now? What are the limitations that you’ve set up for yourself, either on a conscious or unconscious level? Now is not the time to discover their origins. At this point, simply identify what your limitations are, as concretely as possible.
- Reflect. How are these limitations sabotaging your progress, not only on a professional/work level, but also on a personal level? Why do you want these limitations in your life – for safety, security, just because?
- Journal/Discuss. Journal about your observations and reflections, or discuss them with someone you trust. Get clear about what limitations you’ve set for yourself, and what they have done to both help and hinder your progress and growth.
- Plan. What are you going to do to blast through your limitations? What empowered steps can you take to start leaving your limitations behind and embrace your true potential…no matter how daunting or frightening those steps might be for you?
- Account. Who can you be accountable to for your changes? Sure, you might just say “yourself”, but try to find someone else to whom you can be accountable for your changes. Otherwise, you can make excuses and compromises with your limitations, and end up sabotaging any growth you hoped to achieve. That person (or people!) also will encourage you when you have self-doubts or second thoughts and fears.
- Act. Yes, this is the scary part. Actually put your plan into action and make the empowering changes in your life you need to make. Realize that you will feel scared. You will feel like it’s impossible. You will feel out of your comfort zone. With regard to those feelings, remember you went through this complex array of feelings emotions and mindsets at least once before: when you were born. And you’re still here! Make the leap of faith, knowing that you will land on your feet. Let your accountability partner(s) (Step 5) be your cheerleader and motivator when you need it. You can do it, and you will!
Finally, remember this one truth: If you do nothing, you will stay just where you’re at. If you choose to move in a new and empowered direction, the freedom you gain is worth more than anything you can possibly imagine!
Don Marlette is, among many other things, a member of the No Limits Life team. His unique blend of psychic insight, mediumship and practical wisdom guide spirtual practitioners and everyday people through the perils of everyday getting by to build lives that feel like they are singing their heartsong. Learn more at http://www.nolimitslife.guru