Most of us feel as though we challenge ourselves. We set high goals and strive to be better or at least good.  It really seems like it’s few that really make a big change. Why? With so many people in the world really working on themselves and trying to improve their lives is that so?

My theory is that the majority of people are often trying to improve conditions from what they were yesterday. Most people’s goals are to enhance their current income, relationships, careers and status all based on where it is today.

What if you were to forget about who it is that you are and what these limits are when setting a goal? Start by asking yourself what would you do be or have if you were starting new.

Do you know Grandma Moses didn’t paint her first work until she was 78 years old? In 2006, one of her paintings sold for 1.36 million dollars. Martha Stewart did not do any home decorating until she was 35. Julia Child enrolled in cooking school at the age of 37. Colonel Sanders who began KFC in his late 60’s.  Louise Hay began writing at the age of 50 and shortly after published her ‘Little Blue Book’.  At 58 she founded Hay Publishing House. Louise continues to grow as a big name in the self-improvement arena even though she is now in her 90’s.

Two things are for certain, age is no excuse and these people did not let who they were yesterday limit who they chose to be the next day. When you think about what you want out of life base it on your desires not where you are now. I often hear people talk about what a reasonable rate of pay is and certainly have used that exact same reasoning myself.

What if when you were just asking yourself what you want and dropped all of the limitations?  Nola Ochs certainly did so when she received her Bachelor’s degree at age 95 with a 3.7 gpa. She went back to school to get her Master’s Degree at 98.  Could she have been that successful if everyday she reminded herself how old she was or asked what the purpose would be for having her Master’s or Bachelor’s degrees?  When we ask ourselves those types of closed ended questions the answers are already limited.

I invite you to create your life from the point of view that anything is possible. The evidence shows that it anything is possible and that miracles happen all the time. People rise from their deathbeds and live on for decades. Partners are found against obvious odd. Babies are born healthy when all indications were that was the least likely possibility. Look for the evidence of miracles that are all around you and plan from that place of possibility.

Do you have a success story of your own to tell? How do you break through perceived limitations? We’d love to hear them! Comment below or email me at lucinda@lucindasmith.com

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