For the most part, you are told that there are an overwhelming number of limitations in this life.
In order to do ‘X’ or to be ‘Y’ you must come from money, have the right connections, be beautiful, or meet some other standards — or else you are limited. If you do not meet these standards you are unworthy and undeserving and the limitations will keep you down — where you belong.
That, of course, is a crock of shit. The vast majority of the limitations you are presented with are artificial.
The biggest example of this is the number of things you are being told are lacking or scarce by government officials, business leaders, and even religious leaders. Why do they create artificial lack and scarcity? Because they believe that doing so empowers them while disempowering you and me. So they can maintain the “power” that they think they hold.
While you are being continually shown lack, scarcity, and other artificial limitations, there are limitations that you may encounter upon a given path that are real. Recognizing and acknowledging them can remove them from being obstacles and roadblocks, allowing you a smoother, more comfortable journey.
Limitations that prevent you from achieving the goal
Consciousness creates reality. When you practice mindfulness and being aware of what you are thinking and what and how you are feeling you enable yourself to choose better intentional actions to manifest your goals. Like attracts like, and you can use this to create just about anything you desire for yourself.
While most of the limitations to this are completely artificial, some are real, and will not allow you to take the path of your choice in life. There are generally very specific.
Keep in mind that you can’t create the life you desire to lead from a total vacuum. There is necessary work and processes. This is where a lot of people who focus on the Law of Attraction and the Power of Positive Thinking miss a key point. The Universe may be abundant and able to hand you what you desire, but there IS work and effort involved, and you cannot create from a vacuum.
For example, let’s say you want to be an astronaut. Not just a space tourist, which is fairly doable, but a bona fide astronaut. To get there, generally, you need to either come from the military or a science background.
If you are not in the military or do not have the skills necessary to perform a science that could get you into space, you are not going to become an astronaut. You can ask, believe, and receive all you desire ala The Secret…but without the background it’s simply not going to happen.
Likewise, if you lack the physical and mental endurance, strength, drive, and stamina, you will not be able to become a professional athlete. If you suck at math you won’t become a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician.
Awareness of these real limitations can help you with choosing attainable life goals.
Limitations that cannot be overcome, but still are obstacles to go around
Going back to the previous example, let’s say you desire to be some sort of athlete. Though most professional basketball players are well over six feet tall, there have been exceptions to this rule. If you practice a whole lot, have the mental and physical fortitude, stamina, endurance, and drive, it’s not utterly impossible. But if you are 5’4” you will need to put in a surreal amount of work to get to the NBA.
In college, I was introduced to medieval fencing. Unlike modern fencing where they wear white jackets and roll up and down a narrow strip, medieval fencing is a lot more colorful, is done in the round, and can employ multiple weapons. For example, my favorite weapons form is a sword in each hand.
I was short, heavyset, kind of clumsy, and awkward. I had no athletic ability in my childhood, as evidenced by how much time I spent on the bench playing little league baseball, and how slowly I “ran” a mile in High School.
Then I fell in love with medieval fencing. It brought me so much joy, and I always looked forward to practice and events on weekends where I would get to play. Despite my physical limitations, I decided I wanted to get good at this.
I attended (and still attend) 1–3 practices a week. I did drills, took lessons from more skilled fencers, and worked on my general endurance and stamina during the week.
Though I am still short and heavyset, I’m no longer clumsy or awkward in my body. I have pretty incredible balance and eye-hand coordination after 28 years of fencing. No matter how bad my day has been, fencing practice ALWAYS uplifts me.
I do not suck at medieval fencing. Despite real limitations, I still met my goal.
How much do you want it?
I am still working to improve as a fencer. Also as a writer, a voice artist, a husband, a friend, and many other aspects of my life.
There are real limitations to some of these things that need to be acknowledged. Some cannot be overcome, while others may be artificial and can be eliminated, and still others can be worked with.
When you encounter a limitation that cannot be removed that is in the way of your goal, the question becomes — can you work with it? Like my weight and maintaining fluid movement in fencing, a limitation doesn’t necessarily preclude proficiency.
Conscious reality creation takes work to begin with. But when there is a limitation that cannot be overcome but can be worked around your effort may need to be doubled. Or tripled. Or raised exponentially.
Coordinating thought, feeling, and action to manifest a desired goal requires focus, attention, intention, and drive. You can’t just think something, or feel something, or take an action alone. All three elements need to be employed, AND you need to steer clear of doubts, fears, and other roadblocks.
This is why I use desire over want in writing about goals and achievements. Want still has an element of lack that desire does not. You have to want it so much that you turn that want to desire, which means you have put a fierce intention into the thoughts, feelings, and actions you will take — and accept no other outcome.
Many limitations are artificial and can be overcome…but not all of them. Recognizing and acknowledging this can and will help you to take the paths to build the life you most desire to live.
What limitations do you have that you might need to work with?
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter, and you can work with real limitations if you desire to.
Originally published at http://titaniumdon.com on September 18, 2019.