Stories I only tell my friends: The Power Of Belief-System

January 31, 2012

Develop Your Mind: Recognizing Your Limitations

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“You can’t solve your problems with the same mentality you used to create them.”
Albert Einstein

One of the reasons so many people fail is that they’re not aware of their own limitations, nor do they know how to exploit them to their own advantage. We all have limitations, so there’s no use complaining about it. The best things is to be cognizant of them, and use them to move forward in life. Otherwise you risk being disorganized, getting involved in too many things, and eventually being disappointed. Of course, when I talk about limitations, I’m referring to both the physical and psychological kinds.

No matter who you are, or what position you occupy in society, you’re still a human being, and that means you have limits. You need to be aware of them to make progress, and eventually lead the life you want. We all have to do it, and you’re no exception to the rule.

Determine Your Limitations

One limitation is the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day, and you can only do so much. It’s something you can’t change, so use it to your advantage by managing your time more effectively.

No matter how old you are, you have a certain amount of energy and various abilities, both intellectual and physical, that make you unique, and form your character. No two people in the entire world have exactly the same temperament or psychological profile.

These characteristics make you an exceptional person, but it’s up to you to know how to best use your abilities, and your faults, to attain your goals. To determine what they are, you need to be confident of yourself, and in control of your sense of pride.

Too Much Or Too Little

People are pulled between two opposing tendencies: overbearing pride, and a lack of self-confidence. Both are very dangerous. Pride makes you overestimate your abilities, and a lack of self-confidence makes you underestimate your potential.

In the first case, you think you’re capable of a lot more than you can really handle. In the second, you don’t think you can accomplish things you’re able to do, or you don’t know what you’re capable of.

Whatever category you fall into, letting one of these tendencies dominate your personality makes it impossible to form an accurate self-image, and know what your real possibilities are. In other words, over or underestimating yourself prevents you from knowing what your life can really be like.

If you suffer from pride, you’ll never admit you can’t handle something. If you lack confidence, you’ll never dare attempt to do something, because you won’t know what you’re capable of.

Be Objective

Why not take advantage of the beginning of this New Year to set some reasonable goals for yourself, based on objective criteria? You should probably limit the number of goals you want to attain in 2012, and choose a single goal in each of the main areas of your life. Then try to reach it during the rest of the year.

The four main areas are: health, wealth, human relations, and developing your abilities. Remember, choose only one goal in each area.

People who fail to attain their goals are often disorganized, manage their time badly, and become involved in too many things at the same time. They have big ideas they’re never able to realize, because they’re too ambitious. As the saying goes, their eyes are bigger than their stomach. Start off by being humble and setting modest goals for yourself, things you know can be accomplished in the space of a year.

Having too many goals will only disperse your energy. You need to prioritize them into some sort of order. In other words, you need to choose which goals to pursue first, depending on their feasibility.

Too Many Ideas – Too Little Time

Don’t forget that no matter how many ideas you have, one or a thousand, there are only 24 hours in a day, 30 days in a month, and 365 days in a year. You must take time, and all its implications, into account when you set goals.

Having too many ideas and desires always leads to disappointment and discouragement. If you’re off in all directions at the same time, you won’t make progress in any of them, and you’ll eventually throw in the towel and give up, accepting your life as it is, with all its dissatisfaction and frustrations.

Three things can help maximize your performance.

1- Be realistic when you choose your goals.
In line with what I just said, you need to be humble when you set goals for yourself, and create deadlines to achieve them.

For example, if you want to lose some weight, don’t just dream about it. Be realistic, and set yourself an attainable goal. You’ll never lose 5 kilograms in 5 days (or if you do you’ll quickly gain it back again).

You need to take your metabolism into account, and set a realistic goal about how much and how quickly you can lose weight by consulting the Internet, or your doctor. We don’t all process foods the same way, and we can’t all lose weight at the same speed. Establish dated objectives for yourself that take your metabolism into account, and write them down on your calendar.

2- Keep your mind flexible.

In life many things don’t work out the way we want. In fact, they rarely do. That means that, depending on how much progress you make, you should be ready to modify your plan-of-action at any time.

You can only learn when changes are necessary through experience. Keep your mind flexible, and adapt to changing circumstances. You may have to re-examine your objectives thoroughly from time to time. Also don’t worry too much if you don’t achieve some of your goals in the time allotted. Extend the deadline if there’s a good reason (illness, family problems, etc.).

Being flexible is not an excuse for being lazy or negligent. Don’t give up on your goals unless absolutely necessary, and do everything in your power to achieve them on time. A delay can only be justified by an event that’s beyond your control.

3- Don’t hesitate to ask for help.

If you haven’t achieved your goals up to now, it’s probably because you weren’t using the right methods. There’s no shame in admitting it, so don’t let your pride get the better of you.

If you can’t meet a deadline, why not consult an expert who can help with your approach. People who have already gone through what you’re dealing with now can be an incomparable source of wisdom, and help you save a lot of time.

Joy Is Powerful Energy

The unfortunate events that happen in everyone’s life are created by negative energy, emitted either by themselves or the people around them. In fact, many of our problems – disease, natural catastrophes, economic changes and so on – are caused by phenomena that are completely out of our control.

Depending on how you react, negative events can create more harmful vibrations, usually without you even knowing about it. Avoiding negative energy completely is almost impossible, but there is one easy way to fight harmful vibrations: spread as much joy around you as you can!

The struggle between Good and Evil has existed since the dawn of time. Invisible forces are constantly fighting each other for dominance, both in the various spheres of existence, and in each individual. Call them whatever you like – Light and Darkness, God and the Devil, positive and negative – the struggle remains the same.

Balance between these two extreme forces is the issue, and, depending on the era in human history we’re talking about, one or the other has always been predominant.

Restore Balance On The Side of Good

Many people think that as individuals they can’t do much to impact human or natural catastrophes, which do such extensive damage. Well, they’re wrong! You too have the ability to change what happens to humanity.

How? Simply by emitting positive energy to counterbalance the negative forces that are creating the problems. If you’re constantly generating feelings of joy, you’ll set up a protective barrier around yourself that will shelter you against problems caused either by you, or by your environment.

If a lot of people do it, the protective shield will become more effective, counterbalancing huge amounts of negative energy, all according to the Law of Cause and Effect.

Don’t Neglect This Power

I’m going to tell you how to generate joy no matter what you do, anytime you want. You’ll be able to produce strong positive vibrations that will change the course of your life for the better, and have a positive influence on the world around you.

No matter what your present situation or level of satisfaction, it’s still possible to generate joy, both for you and the people around you. In fact, generating joy has a kind of snowball effect.

How To Generate Joy

Negative thoughts, words and deeds generate negative energy. Positive thoughts, words and deeds generate positive energy. It’s as simple as that.

But the theory won’t do you much good if you don’t know where to start.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the power of positive thinking, which consists of generating beneficial thoughts to counter negative ones. For example, if you think “I’ll never be able to do this…” you neutralize it by thinking and saying with conviction “I can do it!” Then you need to put your words into practice.

From Theory To Reality

To test the power of positive thinking, start by putting easy, pleasant thoughts into practice. The joy you create will have a snowball effect, and quickly enable you to attain the life you desire.

Creating positive energy will neutralize the negative vibrations that have been affecting your life, without your being able to do anything about them. Producing positive vibrations is easier than you think. All you need to do is exploit the ability to feel joy, which all of us possess.

Start With What You Know

Operating on your own level of awareness, you can create joy both for yourself and for others. It’s better to share your joy with as many people as you can, instead of being egoistic about it and hiding away in a corner.

Base your positive thoughts and actions on what you like to do, on what gives you pleasure. And be sure to put your thoughts into practice, because if you remain at the level of thoughts or words, and don’t transform them into acts, the joy you create will be sterile and ineffective.

When you know how to generate joyous thoughts and transform them into positive actions, and if you keep doing it regularly, you’ll produce some very strong positive energy. Don’t be content with having the intention of doing something positive. Always be sure to move on to the action stage. It’ll be easier than you think!

Be Simple

Don’t try to do heroic or extraordinary things to generate joy. Just be simple, and start small. You have all the time in the world to do something on a larger scale. Try to generate joy in your immediate environment, in the area where you live, with your partner in life, your family, friends and acquaintances. You don’t need to put in a lot of time or effort. All you need is human warmth.

Are there any people you can help or soothe with comforting words? Can you help someone elderly or handicapped do their shopping or fill out administrative forms? Don’t think about your own interests, or about being recognized for your efforts. Be detached from your benevolent actions. Obviously I’m not saying you should let people exploit your kindness and take advantage of it for their own profit. Just do things in a spirit of giving, without expecting anything in return. If you do that, the rewards will come.

You can organize meals, outings, family gatherings, and other activities with friends, colleagues and neighbors, just for the joy of sharing. You’ll soon reap the benefits in your day-to-day life. That’s the best way to create positive energy, and now it’s up to you to discover how you can generate joy in your own life.

In this Good News Letter I’ll show you how to take advantage of some powerful energy you have that can make your life much more pleasant. In fact, joy is a materialization of the powerful energy of Love that exists in the Universe.

One factor explaining why many people aren’t successful in life is that they don’t know what their limits are. That prevents them from using the 24 hours that make up each day to best advantage. In the second section of my Good News Letter, you’ll learn what to do to make your management of time more effective.

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