Self Imposed Limits


Most of the limits that we believe we have are self imposed.

I can’t do this, I can’t do that, I don’t have time, I’m not smart enough, I’m not fit enough, etc., etc., the list goes on and on.

We are our own worst enemies, we are the ones who set limits for ourselves, limits which we believe to be true, but in reality, we can do way way more.

We need to challenge every limit we set for ourselves, if we can do that we will astound ourselves and our friends and colleagues with what we can achieve.

We also let other people pass their limits onto us. When I decided to run a marathon my boss told me it would end in tears and that it wasn’t possible. What he meant was he didn’t think it was possible for him, and he was trying to give me his limitation.

We have to refuse to accept other peoples limitations, and also stop to give our limitations to other people, especially our children.

We need to encourage them, see beyond limits and dream of possibilities.

We need to inspire ourselves and those around us, and this is not achieved by accepting limits.

Just recently I have been running with people who never thought that they could run, who felt that they we too slow, but with gentle guidance, encouragement and support they have significantly improved beyond what they thought was possible, beyond their self imposed limits. Now they run without limits, dreaming of what could be possible.

This is how we need to be!

Don’t let someone else define you, by what they believe you are capable of doing, ignore their restrictions and go for it.

We only get one life, and we should only regret the things we tried and failed, not the things we wished we had tried!

No regrets, no limits, just do it!

Gordon Tredgold

Leadership Principles