Mind Your Limits. Really?


Written by  Tino Hernandez

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

February 9, 2017

I remember when I first became aware of speed limits.  My Dad and I were going for a ride in my Uncle’s new car.  This would have been around 1969/1970 and I recall that Dad was sitting on the passenger side of my Uncle’s brand new white car and I rode in the back with my head and shoulders tucked up between the two front seats so that I wouldn’t miss a moment of the adult action going on up front.

I recall my uncle being excited about the 75 mile per hour speed limit on Highway 294 in South Suburban Chicago.  I remember my Dad encouraging my Uncle to go past the speed limit and that was when, for the first time in my life, I spotted the 75 MPH Speed Limit sign. I don’t recall what happened next but it’s that speed limit sign that I want to talk about.  These signs are placed there for various reasons that I won’t get into only to say that we all know that there are consequences to exceeding the posted limit.

Most folks driving the interstates and roads here in the USA feel that exceeding the posted limit by say 5 MPH will bear no consequence, therefore we feel free to do so and often do.   That extra 5 MPH is a self-imposed limit, is it not?  For some, it may be as high as 10 MPH over the posted limit!  For Prius drivers, it may be 10 MPH below that posted limit.  Just kidding Prius drivers!!!

Whether we realize it or not our own growth is often cut short because of our own self-imposed limits.  We often say things to ourselves like, I can’t do that, I don’t have the right education, I don’t know the right people, I’ll never believe that it’s possible for me, and the list of negative self-talk goes on and on.

We’ve all arrived at the place where we are due in large part to the words that we say to ourselves and to the limits we have placed upon ourselves. We have, without a doubt, created the existence that we live today.  Ok, I’ll admit that for some bad luck or bad genes has played a part, but by the same token so has good luck and good genes.  Either way, we are still all capable of rational thought and decision making.

We are all capable of examining ourselves and begin to weed out our own negative self-talk.  It truly takes the same amount of energy and brain power to be negative as it does to be positive.  So why are we so negative?  I have a theory.

I believe that we have attached such strong emotion to the negative that it makes us feel alive.  Perhaps stressed out, but alive none the less.  Our job is to begin to enhance the positive with a good dose of strong emotion and learn to thrive on that positive emotion. This will take practice and it will seem weird at first but please be patient with yourself.

If we can do this then I believe finding our limiting thoughts and beliefs will be much easier to do and once they are discovered they can be destroyed.  Break down your self-imposed limits by embracing positive self-talk full of positive emotion.

You deserve to live a life that is truly limitless.  I will stress that you decide what limitless means.  This is your life and you must set the course you wish to take so why move along with any self-imposed limiting beliefs?

Tino Hernandez


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