Pushing Past Self-Imposed Limits

by | Jan 20, 2015 | art, art therapy, comfort zone, life, new years resolution, personal, pushing past limits, self expression

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This year I’m trying really hard to embody the mantra “I am Limitless”. 
I’ve started becoming acutely aware of all the ways I hold myself back with thoughts of “I can’t do that”. For example, I’ve never thought of myself as a writer. When I thought of who I was and who I thought a writer was, there was no way the two could merge. I had a preconceived notion of what a writer was and because I didn’t fit into that mold I set a limit on myself that said “I am not a writer”. Once I discovered that limit and recognized that it was there, I started blogging. I wrote an article in Elephant Journal.
I got out of my comfort zone and out of my own way.
Embodying the “I am Limitless” mantra is very simple. Get out of your own way and stop holding yourself back with ideas of who you think you are and what you think you can and can’t do.
My latest “I can’t” thought surfaced last week when I was looking at beautiful paintings. “I’m not an artist” my inner voice said. This was a sad thought because the truth is I’ve always loved creating art! I loved it as a kid, I loved it in high school and I still love it as an adult, but I don’t practice it. Somewhere along the way, I constructed an idea of what I thought an artist looked/thought/acted like and I simply didn’t measure up.
So what did I do? I went to the store, bought some pastels and confronted my distorted belief head on. I can’t believe I convinced myself that art needed to be perfect in order to exist, or that I needed to be perfect in order to create it!
I finished my piece and I absolutely love it! It’s uneven, the colours don’t blend very well and I have no idea what it’s supposed to be, but it’s mine. I made it because I am an artist and I can create something like anyone else.
The truth is we all have core beliefs that hold us back. Things we believe about ourselves and our capabilities that are so ingrained in our heads that we don’t even recognize them as they surface. “I could never travel alone”. “I’m not creative”. “I could never speak in public”. “I can’t cook”. “I could never run my own business.” Why not?
Start to pay close attention to the things you think you can’t do. Challenge them. Face them head on and discover how amazing, powerful, smart and creative you are! Be limitless! One challenge at a time.
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