Goals to Keep – And Goals to Release

dream“Most barriers are self-imposed. Since you created them, you can get rid of them.” ~Pernille Spiers-Lopez, President of IKEA

Who told you that you “could not” do something? Was it a parent? Was it a teacher? Was it a brother or sister? Was it a neighbor? Or maybe a professor in college? Or, (sadly) a spouse or partner?

Whoever it is that told you that you “could not” do something is not in charge of your life. You are. You may want to reread those two sentences a few times.

Now, here are some steps to gain some clarity of the goals on which you want to move forward – and the ones you need to release.

  1. Make a list of everything you think you “can not” do – either because someone told you that or because you’ve conjured it up in your own mind. This may sound weird, but right now…go ahead and make that list.
  1. Now take a good look at the list. If you REALLY can’t do something, then go ahead and cross it off. For example, if someone said, you will never run a 3-minute mile, and you know that essentially, this is impossible, then go ahead and cross that off (particularly if you don’t care whether you try or not!) So take the time now to go through your list and cross off those items that you really CAN NOT do (because it is impossible).
  1. Next, take a different view. Look at your list and determine the ones that you believe (or someone else told you) that you can not do, but you know you CAN – and YOU WANT TO! For example, if your dad said, “You’ll never make any money in that business,” but you know that it’s possible and you want to make money in the business, then you might want to take a good look at this item on your list. You can turn this into a goal rather than a “I’ll-never-be-able-to” item.

Be aware of how others’ words and beliefs can sometimes impose a kind of ceiling or limit on what it is that you think you can accomplish. Who is in charge of your life? Let’s say it together….”You are!”

Take a look at your thought patterns and words. Do you notice any other self-imposed limits that are keeping you from the success you want – and probably deserve?

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