Masterkey Mastermind “No Limitations”

There Are No Limits….Only Those We Place Upon Ourselves


Henry Ford once said that “If you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

This quote illustrates a very important idea that is often ignored… the idea that, almost all of the time, limits on our abilities and our achievements are self-imposed. In other words, most of the limits we face are placed on ourselves.

Of course, there are “real” limits that we face in life. No matter how hard we try, waving our arms will not enable us to fly. But take a minute to think about the limitations you are currently facing in life, and evaluate how many of them are “real” limits, and how many are self-imposed.

For instance:

“I really wish I could learn French, but I’m terrible at learning new languages.”

“I would love to backpack across Europe, but that is impossible because I don’t make enough money.”

“I can’t enjoy life because I am stuck at this dead-end job. I hate it, but I can’t find anything better.”

“I wish I had a better relationship with my brother, but he is just impossible to talk to.”

Most of us could relate to at least one of these “wishes”, and if not, we all certainly know someone who can. Each of them represents a challenge that certainly seems impossible to overcome… but if we look more deeply into the heart of the problem, we realize that it can be overcome with a bit of planning and work.

Take the desire to backpack across Europe as an example. It is easy to dismiss it as “impossible”, especially if you don’t make much money. But if it is truly important, you can find a way to do it. This might mean saving just a bit of money each month for the next five or even ten years. It might mean connecting with a group that allows you to join them at a reduced cost. Or it might even mean finding a new job that pays more. This is a hypothetical situation, but the point is simple: by digging into the essence of a challenge that seems impossible, we can often find the solution!

So what does this mean to you today? It means that you can fearlessly look into your own heart and ask yourself “what do I really want from life?” And it means that, no matter how impossible your dreams and desires may be, they are not out of your reach. It means that by seizing the day and refusing to say “I can’t”, we can accomplish anything!!

Resolve today to stop saying, “I can’t” or “that’s impossible!” Instead, say “I don’t know how to do that yet… but if I apply my creativity and my energy, I KNOW I will discover the solution!”

This change in your mindset will change the course of your life. By pursuing your dreams without fear, you will discover a richer and more fulfilling life than you ever thought possible!

Many blessings to you as you explore this exciting journey that we call life.

C16 Masterkey Master Mind (Persistence)

Power Factor #1. Persistence
You’’ve probably heard of the incredibly popular and profitable Chicken Soup for
the Soul series of books. When the first collection of stories was published, it was
a near-instant success, but this belies the fact that there’s a story of amazing
persistence behind it. The creators of the series, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack
Canfield, approached more than fifty publishers with their book idea before one
agreed to give it a try. Think about this for a moment. That means fifty rejection
letters, fifty people who told them “I don’t want your book,” fifty people who
passed. It was a costly error for those less-than-visionary publishers; the pair has
since sold more than 75 million books, garnering unimagined profits for the lone
publisher who was willing to take a chance.
“Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform
everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.”
—Mary Kay Ash
When should you give up? When do you throw in the towel and abandon the
journey, the mission, the purpose, and your dreams? When would you give up on
teaching a baby to walk? Toddlers are not very good at it when they start; in fact,
they wobble around, have to hang onto other people and furniture to stand up,
and fall down all the time. But do you let that discourage you?
What about a business venture? Finding the love of your life? A lost brother or
sister? Will you let short-term setbacks and missteps deter you from your dream?
Some things are even worth dying for; others must be handled with caution
because you might be better off moving in a different direction.
For example, if you were heavily invested in a sector of the stock market that was
proving to be a dog, all the persistence in the world could leave you bankrupt. On
the other hand, if you were trying to close a deal that could catapult your
company to the next level, you’d probably be wise to do whatever it took without
being dishonest to get the deal done.
Finding different ways to accomplish something is a critical virtue for success.
Trying all you can and never quitting until every last possibility is exhausted is the
quality that separates the leaders and winners from the mediocre. When Winston
Churchill told us when we should quit—never, never, never—he didn’t mean that
we ought to be irrationally stubborn, just that we ought to stand by our
convictions so long as they continue to be both sensible and noble.
“Never give in—never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or
petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to
force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming
might of the enemy.”
—Winston Churchill