From a young age, we are taught that we can be anything we set our minds to. This subtle form of encouragement is rife in children's books, movies, and television shows. However, at some point, adults began to interject this little thing called reality into our psyche.
Teachers encourage young adults to deaden their interests and pursue something practical. These young adults eventually grow into individuals with a huge sense of doubt; limiting their thoughts and actions.
The Danger in Limiting Thoughts
Placing limits on your thoughts is forcing you into a box. This inhibits your ability to connect with others who may be different.
As a result, you may judge without understanding. In addition, limiting thoughts can impede productivity. When you meet challenges, you may not have the tools you need to solve them.
This could make life and work extremely frustrating. Not to mention, if you don't try new things, you will never progress. Finally, limiting your personal thoughts could damage your self-esteem.
You may hold yourself back out of fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, or fear of others.
Why Do We Limit Ourselves?
The act of limiting yourself is learned. Although we are naturally designed with an innate sense of danger versus safety, we are not programmed to doubt. Unfortunately, doubt stems from outside influences. Perhaps your parents held you back from experiencing life.
Or, maybe a teacher told you that you weren't good enough.
No matter the cause, we all learn how to doubt ourselves from the opinions of others. They learned to doubt themselves from the opinions of others and so forth. This creates a vicious cycle of negativity.
So, where does the cycle stop?
How to Manifest the "I Can Do Anything" Mentality
Since doubt is a learned behavior, self-confidence can be taught as well. In order to manifest this mentality, you have to put in a little effort. To begin, ask yourself, what do I want to accomplish? This goal could be to lose weight, to make friends, or to land your dream job. Write down your goal and post it somewhere visible.
Then, figure out how you can accomplish this goal.
Ask yourself, what are the steps involved?
What do I need to change in order to meet this goal?
Once you've outlined your plan, it will be easier for you to execute it.
Cultivating an "I can do anything" mentality does not happen overnight. In fact, you will experience many obstacles during your journey that could prolong it. In order to overcome these challenges, you have to be aware of them.
One of the biggest threats to honing in on your inner superhero is fear. You can conquer this fear by developing your strengths. Practice perfecting your skill, so you have no reason to abandon it. This will keep your motivation high and improve your self-confidence.
Live Your Life Through Intentions
The idea of living a life of intent revolves around finding your purpose and sticking with it. It is similar to stating your goals but in a complex fashion. Instead of just stating what you want to do, you engage in heavy soul-searching.
This involves understanding your honest and pure self. Once you narrow down what your true intentions are, you are able to take on the world with confidence.
You are capable and worthy of doing everything you desire. Other people can encourage you, but the true motivation comes from within.
Say to yourself daily, "I am strong, confident, and able to handle anything that comes my way."
Repeat this mantra until it manifests itself into your life. Then, you will reap the true benefits of believing in yourself.