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Who Sets Your Limits?

 We often hear “the sky is the limit” yet we’ve launched people to the moon and back. No matter what limitations there seem to be in life, someone is always striving to push past them. One needs to look no further than the sports realm where records get broken every day. Records for speed, distance and strength. Where does it end?

A quote that tops my list of favorites comes from tennis star Martina Navratilova who once stated

“I think the key is for women not to set any limits.”


I noticed right away that she did not say “I think the key is for people not to set any limits.”  She said the key is for WOMEN not to set any limits.  Why?  Because most of the time we ladies tend to set the limits ourselves and then blame other factors for our failure to move ahead.  We impose our own limitations.

It may sound a bit far fetched to point the finger at ourselves, but honestly, why shouldn’t we?  Someone else may be telling us we “can’t” achieve success, but we are in fact setting that barrier for ourselves by accepting the notion.  In order to push past our personal road blocks, we have to change the way we think about what we are capable of doing and who we are capable of becoming.  Much like an athlete who believes that she is perfectly capable of breaking the next world record, we have to believe that we can achieve what we set out to do without limitations.

Changing our mindset is a process, but one that is immeasurably fulfilling.  Whose limitations are you accepting into your life right now and why?  What are you going to do to remove them?

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4 Responses

  1. asoom says:

    Interesting post maioush, I have a slightly different perspective though. I used to think in terms of no limits for myself and that I can achieve anything if I put my mind to it; however, there came a time in life when I became really overwhelmed and overstressed because I was taking on way too much in life, I was always taking on a full-load at school, I never said no to voluntering or helping out with anything, I was on the executive board of a few student and community organizations, sometimes working 2 jobs on top of all that (tutoring, teaching, research) and there came a time when I just couldn’t take it anymore and I became miserable literally and was always nervous and anxious.

    I had to come to terms with the fact that I’m not superwoman and it’s ok to accept that I can’t do everything and be everywhere. There are other people that can achieve what I can’t achieve and that’s totally fine. I ended up making some major life decisions that upset my parents and made me seam weaker or like a gave up (decided against medical school although I did awesome on the MCAT), but in the end it was all for the better. So I think it’s important we’re all realistic about our abilities, my limits are a result of my own personal experiences.

  2. Jumana says:

    I agree Maioush…there should be no limits..but we can’t deny that sometimes our lifestyle and the society affect those limits…it not ONLY uo to you or me. Right?

  3. very intresting Maioush 🙂

  4. ola says:

    Limits exist primarily in our heads. Maybe there are real limits, but they are waaaay farther than the ones we set to ourselves…

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