Self-Imposed Limits: 3 Ways to Push Past Them

See.Believe.Achieve   – John Maclean

This mantra is so simple, yet was so profound.

My husband and I recently attended a Young Presidents Organization (YPO) conference in Vancouver, Canada. The entire 3 day conference was exceptional, but there was one INSANE moment that I want to share with you.

I will never forget the Saturday when we were introduced to John Maclean.

John is a high performance athlete who has been a paraplegic for 25 years after being hit by a 8 ton truck when he was riding his bike at age 22.

Through the course of an hour, John took us through his personal journey of overcoming tragedy and thriving, but in my WILDEST dreams, I never could have believed what I saw.

Over the past years he’s finished 2 Ironmans, swam the English Channel, won a silver Olympic medal in rowing, etc… solely with the use of his upper body. Exceptional.

His journey is obviously incredibly inspiring but what was so unexpected was that at the end of the presentation, he played us this short video about his work with a new doctor over this past year, and then………… well, this picture says it all.


A man who spent the past 25 years of his life seated stood up and walked.

Hearing his story made me stop and think about the limitations you and I put on ourselves. Of our own limiting beliefs.

Without ever having met most of you, I bet that the limits to what you believe you can accomplish at work, in life, physically, etc… are lower than your Truth.

With awareness can come action.

Here are 3 simple ways to start to push past your limiting beliefs.

#1 – Get Inspired

If you have no idea of where to start, start with John’s video here.

Read a book, listen to podcasts, watch TED Talks.

#2 – Draw From Your Past

Think of a time in your life when you have dug in, pushed back, withstood something or done something you never thought you could? It doesn’t have to be something huge or drastic like winning a medal, an award, survived a plane crash.

Just an experience where you surprised yourself.

How often do you think about this experience? Draw on it to remind yourself of your strengths and what you’ve accomplished?

What I find so curious is that our human nature is for these memories to fade, rarely to be called on, or used to remind us of our own determination and capabilities.

You’ve already demonstrated characteristic that have pushed you past your “limits”. Trust that you own these qualities and can continue to draw on them.

#3 Connect With Others

If you stay in your silo you are missing out. There’s so much value in connecting with others. Hearing what others are up to, about their struggles, successes, daily lives, can inspire you in your life. To expand your possibilities.

I’m sure you’ve heard “When you know better, you do better”, so let’s all do better.

See it

Believe it

Achieve ii

Just like John Maclean says.

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