Yesterday, I was watching a television documentary. On the programme was a 16-year old in a wheelchair. His nickname was “Wheels”. He was born with spinabifada and had never been able to walk. So was this guy defeated or despondent about what he could or couldn’t do? Absolutely not. He had more spirit and life flowing through him than I see in many teenagers. In fact, his hobby was wheelchair skateboarding! I watched in amazement as he threw himself (and his wheelchair) down ramps, through twists and turns and culminated in a back flip.
Not satisfied with just doing it for himself, he had created a school to teach other youngsters his skills.
When asked whether he had any regrets about being in a wheelchair.. he responded “Of course not, you guys have to walk but I have wheels”! This got me thinking.. how do we consciously and unconsciously hold ourselves back by believing our limitations?
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered what you are capable of? Most of us don’t have the same physical limitations as “Wheels” yet psycho
logically we dis-able ourselves in a much greater way. We review our personal circumstances and believe that because we don’t have enough time or money or energy etc, that certain paths through life are blocked for us.
But as Wheels shows us, there is really nothing that holds us back, except our mindset. Even the most challenging of circumstances can be overcome when you are prepared to look beyond what is immediately apparent. As a single mum, I went to Phoenix, Arizona to do a 3 week training course so that I could set up a new business. It wasn’t easy. It took a great deal of co-ordinating including getting a nanny and seeking out funding. But when you believe that things are possible,
somehow the universe conspires with you to make it happen.If you have hopes and dreams that are not yet fulfilled for you, you don’t need to wait for your circumstances to change. You may not be able to do it all today, but you can take a step in the right direction. I am sure that Wheels didn’t start with back flips!
So your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to go beyond your own self-imposed limitations. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down your answers to the following questions:
- What is a big dream that you have been holding for a while that hasn’t yet materialized in your life?
- What action have you been taking to bring your desire to fruition?
- What action could you have taken but have been putting off or avoiding? (Be honest!)
- What do you say to yourself to explain this lack of action? Pay particular attention to any responses that begin with “I can’t…” or “I am..”/“I am not…” These are your biggest limiting beliefs!
- Who could you “be” if you didn’t have that thought?
- And if you were already being that way now, what action would you be taking?
- What is the next small step you can take to fulfilling your dream?
Make your next small step so easy and simple that you can begin it right now. One step in the right direction and you are already on track. All you need is the desire combined with the willingness to take inspired action. And any time your motivation slides, just think of “Wheels” and remember that anything is possible!
And if you want to see some “awesome” people, pushing back the boundaries of possibility, watch this movie. Be Inspired!
“There is nothing that cannot happen today” ~ Mark Twain