Friday, May 14, 2010

Argue for your limitations?

“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours.”
...Richard Bach

The author of “Jonathon Livingston Seagull”, Richard Bach knew something about the incredible power of human thought when he wrote those words. The power of positive thinking is often discussed and written about, but what about the power of negative thinking? I believe that human negativity is even more powerful than any power possessed by positive human spirit.

 Everyone cannot say, “I will be a millionaire in ten years”...and actually make it happen. However, anyone can say, “I will be broke in one year” and then go out and make it happen. Just as successful people gain success through positive thinking and belief in themselves, unsuccessful people fail through negative thinking and a belief that they are bound to fail. Negative energy should be avoided at all costs because it can cost you everything.

When you say, “I will never be able to do that”; or, “I will never be as rich as her”; or, “He will always be better than me,” you are inadvertently writing the words of the story of your destiny...You are giving up your future just as you are giving up on your dreams. When you say, “I guess I may have bitten off more than I can chew,”...try chewing a little longer...try working a little harder...try to make your dreams come true.

 The worst form of arguing for your limitations comes from people who portray or fabricate limitations to avoid being held accountable. Some people use expressions like, “I am no good at that,” or “That’s not my cup of tea” as excuses for their own lack of conviction. They choose to opt out of an activity or a responsibility because they can’t be bothered to put the time in to try. By saying those things they have created an “out” or an excuse for future failures. When failure occurs, they can easily say, “I told you I was no good at that!” They believe that an advance declaration of incompetence will shift the blame to someone else, but really all it does is prove that they have completely taken ownership of their limitations and are destined for a life of failure.

The next time you have doubt in yourself, push through your fears and do not tell the world that you believe you will be bad at whatever is vexing you. The next time you are faced with a challenge that seems beyond anything you ever dreamed that you might have to take on, tackle the challenge with everything you have got. Learn to be innovative and find a way to get it done. Do not allow negative thinking to ruin your life.

The most successful people I know have an indomitable belief in themselves and their ability to succeed. If they cannot do what they need to do by themselves, they get help. If they cannot get to the other side of the mountain by going around it, they climb over it. When faced with a challenge, they immediately begin to think of solutions. Whenever they think of progress or greater success, they become even more optimistic than usual and begin to visualize how their life will change for the better because of it. They never give up and they never say “I can’t.”

 Richard Bach said, “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.” I say, “Argue for your success and surely you will succeed!”

 All the Best
 Wayne Kehl

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