A few thoughts about ‘limitations’…
Arnold Schwarzenegger said: “The mind is the only limit. As long as the mind can envision something, you can do it.”
Here’s a guy who came to the U.S. with little to begin with, created a hugely successful career in the body-building industry (which he maintains profitable interests in to this day). Another success as a movie actor – inspite of an accent I’m sure most experts would have assumed doomed him, and now, he’s governor of California.
Oh, and he’s very, very, very rich. He owns a whole lot of real estate. Shopping malls. Office buildings.
Whether Arnold ever read Hill or not, I can’t say. But his thought mirrors Hill’s: “Anything the mind of (a) man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
In Psycho-Cybernetics, we talk about the vast difference between REAL LIMITS and SELF-IMPOSED LIMITS. Most folks never get anywhere near testing their real limits; they stop far short, well within their self-imposed limits.
In your business life, you should constantly be assessing the “spread” between what that life is like and what you would ideally like it to be, then questioning why the “spread” exists and how – and how fast – it might be erased. As you confront the reasons, you should then question whether they are real limits or self-imposed limits.
In my GOLD/VIP group, for example, we have a franchisor who’s been opening only a couple new outlets a month, who I keep urging to open 20 a month – after all, that’s only one a day with weekends off. And he’s gone during this year from “impossible” to actively working on it and making headway.
Another GOLD/VIP Member used to think he had geographic limitations in his business, but he’s gone from getting customers locally to nationally. Many have lifted self-imposed limits on prices they charge.
Often, limits are self-imposed by posing very limiting questions.
Right now, for example, all the Republican strategists are working on the question: how can we eke out a narrow victory and take back the House? The other day, in a phone call, I asked one of these strategists if they had anybody noodling the question: how can we create a landslide victory in the House AND Senate? If you only ask “small” questions, you can never get “big” answers!