Testing the Limits

Pushing Limits"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

~ T. S. Eliot

What are your limits? What is at the edge of what you can do or be in your life? What is the limit of the impact you can have on your world and the people in it?

Although these questions sounds like they are being asked from a philosophical point of view, I am curious about your thoughts on this from a realistic view. I am curious about what you think of these questions from the point of view of what is not only possible, but what is probable.

I am sure that most of my readers understand that I believe that humans, in this physical world, are limitless. I believe that we have the ability to accomplish absolutely anything we can conceive of. As we stretch further and further into what has been done, new possibilities open up…they are truly unlimited.

If this is true, then many of you are wondering why we haven’t move further along the scale? Why do so many things still seem impossible to us? It boils down to one thing…belief. Before we can accomplish or be anything, we must first truly believe that it is possible.

Our beliefs are quite limited, and thus they are limiting. We adopt our beliefs from our family, our teachers, our peers, and from others we respect and allow to influence our lives. We develop our beliefs from our own experience…but our beliefs serve only to limit us. We can only operate, on this physical plane, within the parameters of our beliefs.

It is easy to believe in things that already exist, or have already been done by others…once this happens, then they become fact…it has been done, so it is possible. The sticky part is to start to believe that things that have not yet been seen in our world are possible as well. Whether it is a stretch or just a tiny step, as our beliefs stretch, the limits of possibility stretch as well.

Our beliefs have long been held as they are, and this makes them very comfortable. It is sometimes a difficult thing to move beyond that comfort and experience something completely new…but it is so worth it. Each time we move the boundaries of our beliefs, the world opens a bit more, and we can end up experiencing something never experienced before…we can be the first…not just at one thing, but at many things.

I’d like to challenge you. I want you to think of a goal or a dream…make it one that is far reaching, one that you don’t think is likely…maybe even something that you feel is impossible. Got it. Now, I want you to double it in scope or scale. Make it huge. Make it so ridiculously beyond your comfort zone that you believe it is impossible.

Napoleon Hill said, in his book Think and Grow Rich, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Now, look at the goal or dream I just asked you to create. Since you have thought of it, you have conceived it. You’re half way there!

Now all that’s left is to change your beliefs about this goal or dream. You need to move your beliefs to the point where you can believe it is possible. Then as you continue to work on the belief, you can move if from possible to probable…and from there it becomes inevitable.

To help you change your belief about this, try getting quiet and imagining, despite the fact that you feel it is impossible, what it would be like if you were to achieve the dream or goal. Imagine what your life would be like. Imagine what the world would be like. Imagine the other things that might come into being because you were able to achieve your goal. As you imagine, try to involve all of your senses. Go into this fantasy world and experience what it would be like, in every aspect.

Try suspending your disbelief by thinking about the things we have in our lives today that would have seemed far beyond impossible for people to believe even 100 years ago. Much of what we have in our lives could not have even been conceived of. You are a step ahead of that already. Take any of these things and ask yourself, “Is it impossible?” Of course it isn’t, it exists in our lives today…so, impossible is a moving target. Impossible only exists from our current perspective on things. Change your perspective, and you change the limits of possibility.

Work on your beliefs. Keep imagining. Keep suspending disbelief. Be consistent. Work on it a bit every day. As time passes, your beliefs will start to shift about the thing you imagine. The shift may be subtle at times, and you may have giant shifts at other times. But I encourage you to keep at it.

As you start to shift your beliefs, you will be struck by ideas of things you might do to move toward what you have imagined. Take action on those thoughts, and keep at it. As you take action, you will move a bit closer, and then closer still, your beliefs will continue to shift, and at some point you will take an action, and you will realize that you have arrived…yet it will seem like the next logical step.

Test your limits in this way. If you choose, you can start smaller, but I am a firm believer that it is not the size of the goal or desire that dictates how easy or difficult it can be, it is the consistency of effort and the shifting of your belief that will make the difference. As Abraham, the collective consciousness that communicates through Esther Hicks says, “It takes no more effort to create a castle than it does a button.”

Take the challenge. Set an “impossible” goal, and set out with the intention to achieve it. Test the limits. Let the community know what you intend to create. Let us know how you are doing. We’re listening.




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