It’s who you think you’re not. Have you ever found yourself in the position where a seemingly simple question stumps you, and leaves you deep in thought of trying to figure it out? And your response is – can I get back to you on that? Or, you re-read it a number of times before it registers? Well, it has happened to me a number of times, and this is certainly one of those occasions. Now let me say right off the bat, this quote was not made by me so I can’t take any credit for it. Actually, I do not know who came up with it, I saw it in the Canadian Running magazine, and it spoke volumes to me – props to the person who coined it.
So, here’s the full quote “it’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not”. I must admit when I first read it, there was no initial impact, it was a quick read and I moved on. However, as the case is with life, when you need to pay attention to something, it will keep re-appearing until you give it the time it deserves, and finally this quote caught my attention, or maybe it’s the other way around.
These unorthodox questions came to mind as I pondered the quote:
- Who do I really, really think I am and capable of?
- Who do I think I am not?
- Where am I being held back, and by whom or what?
Finding the answers meant a close-up internal look at Diane, and what I took away from the exercise was this – most of what holds me back is my thinking about my inabilities, or what I think they are, and what I think others will think about me if/when I share about doing something. Pushing myself beyond the circle of my invisible boundaries or bubble, and realized that what I did (not intentionally) keeps me within a limited space and holds me back from moving past that line.
I’m happy to say that once I began to discover what I was doing, I began to push the boundaries and press against the bubble, I’ve allowed to form within my life. Unknowingly we can have invisible boundaries in our lives that hold us back from being, doing and living a more fulfilling life. Past and present experiences does influence who we are, and sometimes it’s not in a positive way, BUT we can change that, and begin to make better choices going forward that will alter how we think about ourselves.
We should progressively think better and ultimately the best about ourselves, learn to appreciate our accomplishments, grow from our mistakes, hurts, and do everything to challenge our capabilities to take steps to follow the dreams in our hearts, because no one else can or will do it for us. You will surprise yourself by the strength and courage you never thought you had, and how capable of being and doing better lies within you. It’s time to tap into that part of your life; don’t you agree?
So, what was your take away from that quote?
To your health and enjoyment