I recently asked a series of questions to a group of people which could work as a gauge to facilitate each person in assessing how their personal limitations were determined. Oftentimes people play themselves cheap because of the defective information they have collected through the years that they have applied involuntarily on themselves. Certain words spoken by people who were influential in our lives, and the images and innuendos have served as a teacher that tutored us in the fine arts of negativity and “I can’t.”
When someone comes along and tries to pour into us words that are enlightening, creative and powerful, we will have a difficult time embracing them because these new words will challenge our present belief system. The things you believe you can do and the things you believe you can have in life are both based on the kind of information you received which developed a mental photograph of limitations.
What would be your response if a very wealthy person handed you a credit card and directed you to go and buy whatever your heart desired?” Let us be honest! Would you buy what you really wanted or would you be economical? Ninety-nine percent of those who were asked this question said they would probably not buy what they really desired.
Our excuses for being frugal would probably be, “I was not informed as to the credit card limit,” or “You never told me what I could buy.” The truth of the matter was that the person was properly informed of what they could both purchase and the limit of how much they could spend.
The problem was that what they heard was not what they believed. The person receiving the credit card, therefore, set their own limit without any assistance and purchased items based on their standard alone. Somehow, we will search for some way to shift our self-imposed limitations onto the person giving the credit card. However, despite how you may personally feel about your life, you have no more or less than what you have come to believe. You have exactly what you want in your world, no more and no less. Change what you believe, and you can change the size of your world.