Today we have a guest post from Craig Wildenradt from Bloomverse. Craig has become a great friend of WSL and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him better. I know you will too, especially after reading today’s post. Enjoy!
“Lord we may know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
I was working through a set of bicep curls when I inadvertently proved to myself one of the greatest truths of life. It was a complete accident.
According to my tracking sheet, my next major milestone was to crank out a full ten reps with my 30lb dumbbells. I had been struggling to reach eight at that weight, so even just getting to nine while maintaining good form would have been a nice achievement. I decided to shoot for that.
So I grabbed the dumbbells, adjusted my footing, felt a hint of impending nausea creeping into my gut, took a deep breath, and started lifting. I was working one arm at a time, alternating through the set. I was only a few reps into it when the nausea started to amplify. It was spreading throughout my core kind of like fog does through a cemetery in a scary movie. Nevertheless, I was bound and determined to scribble the number “9” on my tracking sheet which drove me to press on relentlessly.
Around rep number seven, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. With a series of peculiar wincing grunts that sounded like a mix between the Macho Man Randy Savage and an angry bear, I forged through reps eight and nine before dropping the dumbbells and commencing with some much anticipated ballistic stretching.
I did it. Nine reps; one step closer to that coveted next milestone.
Boy, were my arms throbbing though. I paced in a circle as I shook my arms for relief. When I finally felt up to the task of picking the dumbbells up off the middle of the floor, I noticed something that made me stop cold in my tracks.
I had accidentally done that set of curls with 35lb dumbbells—and I pulled off nine reps.
I had no idea. I thought that I was lifting 30lb weights the entire time. I grabbed the wrong ones completely by accident.
The truth about limitations
In that moment when I saw what I had just done, I experienced my first clear bit of education on the true nature of limitation. Sure, I’d heard a lot of talk about the wonders of human potential before; who hasn’t? But I’d never had an undeniable pragmatic experience with it until that point. The lesson was simple.
Limitations are illusions that we believe are real.
I’m pretty sure that if I knew I was lifting 35lb dumbbells at the time, I wouldn’t have made it past about three or four reps. It just wouldn’t have made sense otherwise. But I thought I was lifting 30lb dumbbells and I cranked out nine reps. Why? Because I didn’t have the opportunity to formulate a concept of limitation by which to operate. I didn’t have the opportunity to convince myself that 35’s were too heavy.
You see, most of us go through life playing by an imaginary set of rules that we’ve created for ourselves. We think they are immutable. We think that they are universal laws. As such, they dominate our experience. We’re limited by these rules only because we’ve decided to believe in them.
What are your limitations?
Do you have something you’d like to accomplish? What’s stopping you? Take a second to have a look at what you believe your limitations are. Not enough time? Not good enough? Not smart enough? It’s too hard? Don’t know where to start? Not enough willpower? Not capable of it?
It’s easy to think of the “negatives” like this. They typically pop right up and slap you around until you submit from exhaustion. But what about limitations that are in disguise? What about the limitations that masquerade as “common sense?”
In my example above, I was thinking very positively and making forward progress with my strength training. I was using common logic, working my way up in reps with the 30’s so that I could move up to the 35’s at some point. You couldn’t accuse me of being a pessimist there.
But despite this, I was still limiting myself. There was a sizable gap between my logic and my actual abilities, and I accidentally revealed that to myself. It showed me that I was simply playing by made-up rules before—and for no reason other than I was conditioned to do so my whole life.
Kill your limitations
Start doubting every single limitation you believe you have. I don’t care how real you believe they are. We live in a world where nearly everyone doubts and challenges nearly everything they see. However, we don’t dare challenge made-up limitations that we’ve given ourselves.
We all have untapped capabilities that are incredible. No exceptions. Want to see what yours are? Drop the concepts of limitation that you are holding onto. They are the only things standing in the way.
The fact is that in every circumstance you have a choice. You can choose to accept and yield to the limitations you believe you have, or you can deconstruct them to reveal what is really here now. I recommend the latter
By letting go of your grasp on concepts of limitation, you’ll uncover what you’re actually capable of. And you’ll probably surprise the hell out of yourself like I did.
Want some help with this?
Starting on October 5th, I’ll be hosting a 45-day health & fitness challenge to help you identify and break through your concepts of limitation so that you can accomplish your personal goals. It doesn’t matter what your goal is. Whether you just want to go for walks more often, eat healthier, or go all out and get in the best shape of your life, it’s all welcome. I’ve got my own goal ready to go and I’d love for you to join me.
I’ll be showing you how to use the Sedona Method to blast through whatever you believe is standing in your way. You can download my free eBook (that’s a direct link to the PDF) to learn more about the Sedona Method and how it works. It’s simple, and it will change your life.
Check out the video I just posted on my blog to learn more about the health & fitness challenge and how to become a part of it.
Oh, and did I mention it’s free?
Got a goal? Let’s get you there. See you in the challenge. 😉
About The Author: Craig Wildenradt thinks limitation sucks, and helps people shatter it using the Sedona Method through his website, BloomVerse. He also writes about practical Sedona Method application on his blog, Inward Bloom.
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