In February 2017, I told my MindScape class about how we allow many of our limiting beliefs to shut us down before we even begin -- how we stop ourselves before we even let the idea come out of our mouths, or how we back out before the idea gets off the ground. We safely retreat into our comfort zone and dismiss the ground breaking idea as an impossible pipe dream that could never come true.
Back in the summer of 2016, as I wrote a rhyming scrapbook story of my baby's boys first 6 months, I had the fleeting pipe dream of writing a children's book. Almost as quickly as this idea entered my consciousness, it was dismissed and vanished, until this fateful day in December where the creative juices were flowing.
As I sat there discussing our self-imposed belief system limitations with the class, I mentioned that I had one children's book manuscript done and a second started. And there was the little golden nugget of awareness -- my self-imposed road block: I am not a writer. Because of this road block, I didn't know if I should or even could move forward to publish this book.
One student immediately spoke up to say, "I'll buy one."
I think my jaw hit the floor as my eyes filled with tears, and I said, "You don't even know what it's about."
And she replied, "I don't care, I will buy one."
This instantly lit the fire inside me to jump over my self imposed hurdle, and no longer allow the "HOW" to stop me in my tracks. Three weeks later, I officially jumped into the process of self publishing my first Children's Book, with the help of a self-publishing company. Scared as hell, but beyond gleaming with excitement, I took the leap without being able to see the other side.
Never in a million years would I have considered myself a writer. I have hardly even labeled myself as creative, although now I can see that I most definitely am, just not in the expected forms. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, to this sweet student who believed in me.
Our belief systems are not just about what we believe we ARE -- mother, wife, teacher, holistic practitioner, business owner -- but we also limit ourselves just as much by what we believe we are NOT. I am NOT a writer. I am NOT an marathon runner. I am NOT creative. I do not know anything about marketing. I am NOT good at this or that... These beliefs limit us just as much, if not even more.
What beliefs about who you are NOT are getting in your way and stopping you before you even begin? What Pipe dreams would you like to chase? What is something that you've always wanted to try? What is something that you would like to do that you have never even considered was possible for you before?
I invite you to Dream Big, and then Dream Bigger. Don't stop until you reach that fleeting Pipe Dream, then lasso it and begin reeling it in.
I invite you to reflect on this question, MindScape it, do a journal entry, or hit reply and let me know about it!