You are your only limit

The other night I was listening to this audio book  “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert while prepping food for the week, and all of a sudden she said something that made me drop everything I was doing and rewind to hear it again.   She was talking about this saying “Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them”….  now stop and go back and read that again, then read it again and now say it out loud... powerful right?  Anyways,   it was one of those holy shit moments in my life, you know the kind when you are like why the hell have I not realized this before and I thought  “f*%k!!! this lady is inside my head again” (I’ll explain my love for Liz Gilbert in another post I promise).   I searched out the phrase on the internet to see if I could find more about it, and the actual quote is “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours” and while I like LG’s paraphrase better, you get the meaning.

I suddenly realized that I have spent years arguing for my limitations and then questioning why I wasn’t succeeding.   I held on to them like tangible things, clinging to them like lifelines for why I couldn’t do something.   Clearly LG needed to smack me in the face with her words and say “WAKE THE F*%K up” but you know, the world often only gives you things when you are ready to accept them.   Sooooo,  it makes perfect sense that at this exact point in my life and journey when I have stopped making excuses for myself, erased all those self imposed limitations I’ve made over the years and have decided to just go for it, that this phrase made its way to me in a way that I could hear it LOUD and CLEAR.

One of the many things I’m learning on this fitness journey is that there is no point in setting limitations for myself.  During week one when I thought my arms and legs would fall off and I would never be able to walk down my stairs or sit on a toilet without pain again, would I have thought I would be where I am today… NEVER!   When I lost that first 5 lbs and didn’t regain it, did I think that was possible, NO!  And each week when I can do an exercise I couldn’t before, last longer in a plank hold or fit a pair of jeans that hasn’t fit in years, I’m amazed at myself and realize that my only limit was myself.

So I’ve decided,  I’m going start arguing for my successes instead and we will see where that takes me.

Remember, whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.  I ask you to just try shifting your mindset to thinking you can for a change and see how far you will go.  I promise you won’t regret it! I look back at four months ago and don’t recognize the person I was from back then.   Limitations… hmmmpfffh,  SCREW THAT!

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