DESTINY CATALYST WITH UDEME ARCHIBONG
A young eaglet was put in a cage and allowed to grow there while receiving nourishment and care. When the eaglet reached maturity and turned into an eagle, the ceiling of the cage was opened. Guess what! The eagle couldn’t soar out of the cage. The reason was simple; he had the ability and potential to soar but was unable because he had been mentally conditioned to stay in the cage. The eagle’s problem was self-imposed limitation. Therefore, many people are stuck with who they are and where they are because of past conditioning and not because of lack of opportunity or fate. In fact, we see life not as it is but as we’ve been conditioned to see it. The belief we have of ourselves and our abilities will determine our performance. Most of the limitations that stop us right on our track towards success are internal; self-imposed. External limitations can be conquered by man if only he can conquer the limitations within his mind. Nothing is impossible to the one who discovers the limitless power within. It has been said, there is no such thing as an unrealistic vision or goal only unrealistic timeframes.
Self-imposed limitations have its precedence on self-limiting beliefs. Belief is being persuaded about a particular thing. It is the conviction you hold about yourself and your world. Self-limiting belief is a restricted view or perspective about who you are and what you are capable of doing; it confines not only your life but also your world view into your self-made “box”. Beliefs set the boundaries of your life experience. Your life can never rise above the set of beliefs you chose to uphold. Beliefs determines your attitude, behaviour and results through life. Beliefs cuts across every aspect of life; your finances, relationships, health, happiness are a reflection of your beliefs. We can safely say, your beliefs determines if you are rich or poor, if you are happy or unhappy, if you enjoy your relationships or endure your relationships and if you are successful or unsuccessful. Everyone has a philosophy that guides his life; a set of core beliefs. Unfortunately, most people do not consciously choose the beliefs that they have allowed to rule their lives. From infancy upward we take in information from various sources around us. We take in the teachings, feelings and experiences we were exposed to. As we grew into adulthood we have gathered beliefs about money, health, relationships, marriage, work and every important aspect of life. However, many of the information we take in and accept which have become our beliefs do not empower our destiny but rather handicaps it. Many of these beliefs place a ceiling on who we can be, what we can do and what we can have. Self-limiting belief has its premise on fear and doubt. Fear and doubt is one of success most deadly enemies; it stabs creativity, cripples the power of imagination, incapacitates ability and potentials and undermines self-worth. Doubt places limits on intelligence, capability and confidence. Fear attracts the things you dread and handicaps your ability to take appropriate actions and control your life.
Negative beliefs for the most part originates from how you interpret your past experiences, your upbringing, childhood experiences, people’s opinion of you especially people that are close to you and those that you respect and trust. The root of these negative beliefs is negative thought patterns. And you can change your self-limiting beliefs by questioning and replacing your thought patterns into a positive one. Examine your thought patterns: What are your beliefs about money? What are your beliefs about success or business? What are your beliefs around love and relationships? What are your beliefs about your abilities, intelligence and your life? What beliefs do you have about the world, people and the challenges of life? Do you believe you deserve and can achieve your dreams? Are your beliefs in line with your goals? The law of belief says that whatever you believe, with feeling, becomes your reality. Therefore, if you want to change your reality in any aspect of your life, change your beliefs in regards to that area of life.
For thousands of years it was believed that it was impossible for human beings to run the mile in less than four minutes. In fact, doctors said that the heart would beat right out of a person’s chest. Therefore, it was physically impossible. But Roger Banister became the pace-setter; within a year of setting the pace, 37 other runners also did the “impossible”. And the year after 300 runners performed the same athletic feat. Bannister refused to be chained down by popular belief. We tend to believe what everybody else believes in. We choose to move along with popular opinion about ourselves and about what is possible; we are crowd-driven rather than self-driven. Hence, our destinies become stunted because we do not maximize the potentials that the Creator had invested in us; we end up living a life of mediocrity.