Narrated Ibn `Abbas:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “There are two blessings that many people are deceived into losing: health and free time.”

We all have dreams and aspirations. But how often do we let go of the fear and pursue those dreams and aspirations? How often do we make excuses (some legitimate, and others not so much) for why we can’t take action? Self-limiting beliefs are ideas you have about ourselves and the world around us that are hinderance to becoming the best version of ourselves. In the Air Force, one of our common sayings was, “Perception is reality.” This statement is true from the sense that we allow our perceptions shape our reality. Our perceptions may in fact not even be accurate of the situation. Instead of looking at things holistically, we evaluate ourselves based on our perceptions. For example, if parents ignore their child’s voice the child may grow to perceive that their opinion isn’t important. If we took time to reflect on our life experiences, I’m sure we could all identify at least one time where our perception had an impact on how we viewed ourselves. In the example I provided, the parents never verbalized that their child’s opinion was unimportant. However, based on their actions it was perceived as such. Once we recognize our self-limiting beliefs, we have to face them head-on. I can speak from experience, that in the grand scheme of things it matters not what others have done or said to us. We have to take control of our lives and use the short time we have on Earth in a wise, and positive manner. Do you want to start a business, start exercising, or just try something new? Whether or not you “can” or “can’t” is not the point. You will never know until you try. If your try something and it doesn’t work, this doesn’t equate to the dreaded F-word: failure. There is only failure without action. Identify your self-limiting beliefs, take steps to overcome them. Don’t let fears that are most likely not based in reality define who you REALLY are! Don’t stand there with all of the other spectators at the ocean of possibilities who are afraid to even dip their toe in. Take a deep breath, and jump! You’ll be glad you did.


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