Self Development
Accept No Limitations

by Val Wilcox
To examine and evaluate your life's journey, there are proven steps you may use to support and enrich your life. Here you will find a few starter steps in choosing your direction in life.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge Napoleon Hill

Are you ready to step into the realm of accepting no limitations on your life? Are you ready to live in possibilities? Are you ready to examine your life's journey?

The more I delve into personal development, the more I realize that the concepts spoken of today are timeless. The areas that we explore today have been explored throughout the ages. The names we place on "new" techniques or discoveries have always been there in some form or other.

Why would I bring that up? Because I want to clarify the point that these topics and techniques have been validated through time by many who go before us. Each of us hears the message through our own set of mind filters. We may resonate with Napoleon Hill, or Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, Jim Rohn, Abraham, John Assaraf, or any other renown speaker or writer. It doesn't matter where we hear the message, what matters is that we HEAR the message.

To examine and evaluate your life's journey, there are proven steps you may use to support and enrich your life. Here are a few starter steps in choosing your direction in life.

Living a Life of No Limitations

When looking at your life, one of the first things you will want to evaluate is where your passion lies. Is what you are doing now giving you a sense that your contribution matters, that you are making a positive difference in the world? Refer back to my post on Discovering Your Purpose for the steps on finding your passion. When you discover what your passion is, that will get you out of bed each morning ready to face the day!

Once you know this, you can start to clarify your life by writing down your answers to the following questions. As you go through these exercises, don't hold back. Don't allow you mind to set limits on anything. Accept no limitations!

· What does success look like to me?

· What is it I love to do that lies at the heart of my life?

· What feelings do I want to experience as a result of my life?

· Because of my life, I arrive at the end of each day feeling....

Your next step is to examine your strengths. One way to recognize your own strengths and capacities is to complete a thorough inventory of your accomplishments. Make a list of your past achievements. Think of any moment in your past where you felt a sense of triumph. It could be things that others know about or things that only you know about. Celebrate even the small ones! Triumphs come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Let's add a list of your personal strengths and abilities. A core strength may be your capacity for deductive reasoning, or your intuition; your capacity for kindness; or your capacity to communicate well.

Now wrap these all up to create a vision of your life without limitations. When writing this vision, be sure to write in the present tense, as if you are experiencing it all right now. Make it vivid and filled with emotions. Set no limits on yourself. Make this as big as you can, reach deep inside and pull it all together. Don't skimp on your life.

When you're describing your life, ask yourself these question:

· Does it express my core strengths, unique abilities and interests?

· Does it honor my values and fulfill my purpose?

· Is it the most exciting expression of me that I can imagine?

· Is it uniquely me? Is this my dream of my life?

This is only a start on a life-long process of creating a life without limitations. As you move through your life, take time to examine your progress and evaluate if you are in alignment with your vision. I mention this because circumstances do occur which we have no control over. These may throw you off track and send you chasing down rabbit trails.

Circumstances do not make the man; they merely reveal him to himself Epictetus

A Self Inventory once a year is helpful in keeping you balanced and on track. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill has a list of questions you can use to evaluate your progress. Here are some of the questions you may use in this process:

· Has the spirit of my conduct been harmonious and cooperative at all times?

· Have I permitted the habit of procrastination to decrease my efficiency, and if so, to what extent?

· Have I improved my personality, and if so, in what ways?

· Have I been either over-cautious or under-cautious?

· Have I dissipated any of my energy through lack of concentration of effort?

· Have I been open-minded and tolerant in connection with all subjects?

· Have I been guilty of any conduct which was not approved by my conscience?

· Have I been unfair to anyone, and if so, in what way?

Taken together, this sets a road map of your life and where you want to go. Know that becoming aware of possibilities expands your world immensely. No one can tell you your visions are right or wrong because they are yours exclusively. Understanding yourself and the world around you empowers you to step into a life with no limitations on what you can accomplish. So here's to living your life as if everything is possible!
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