Break through your invisible boundaries
We recently adopted a rabbit (Freddie) from Capricorn Animal Rescue. He’s a beautiful, 8 month old, brown male Lionhead. When we brought him home we made him a sleeping area out of a box and gave him the run of the house so he could get used to us. However, I noticed something interesting.
Although he had the freedom to explore the whole house, for the first week he only moved within a small rectangle about the size of the hutch he had come from. Not once did he leave this invisible boundary. It looked as though he truly believed that he couldn’t venture any further.
After some considerable coaxing, his confidence grew and he had a real good explore. He now has a huge hutch and the run of the garden, when we can keep an eye on him. He loves exploring and sprinting around the garden now.
In Freddie’s behaviour I can see clear parallels to human behaviour. We often get so conditioned that we can unconsciously set these invisible boundaries, or self-limiting beliefs, for ourselves. Self-limiting beliefs are those things you believe about yourself that place limitations on the things you can achieve.
In early 1954 it was deemed impossible and beyond human endurance to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Then on 6th May 1954 Roger Bannister did just that, it was seen as an astonishing achievement. What is less reported is that in the following 12 months dozens of athletes did exactly the same thing, Bannister had broken through the belief of the world.
Beliefs are not facts although we act as though they are. Once we have formed a belief, we will continue to live our lives by the rule of the belief. We continue to find ‘evidence’ to support the belief. Subsequently, we live life within our invisible boundaries when we can all achieve so much more.
Breaking out of a limiting belief is like opening a door to another world, a world where anything is possible. So let’s do it NOW.
What limiting beliefs are currently holding you back? What would you do if you believed you couldn’t fail? What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Imagine how great you’ll feel when you’ve done it and broken through your invisible barriers! Choose one, have fun experimenting and do it this week.