I have spent a good part of the last 4 decades to studying the human mind.
On top of being a hobby of mine it was a critical part of my job…. Whether as a lawyer or as a life coach…I needed to have a degree of mastery over how the mind works.
So a question that I have seen myself asking over and over again for the past 2 years…. What is the biggest thing that stops our mind from achieving its full potential?
And guess what? The answer is ridiculously simple.
But let me add a little story to give some weight and context.
Ballet is one of the most difficult artform there is to master… which is why an accomplished ballerina is worshipped all around the world.
There are a lot of things that a ballerina has to master to reach the top… the biggest one is obviously technique.
And which is why most great ballerinas were “born” to do ballet…in the sense that they had string feet, legs and an inherent sense of balance.
It is a very ruthless art, if you don’t have the legs for it..you might as well give up on learning the techniques.
Technique is everything,after all, and without it you might as well give up on your dreams of becoming a great ballerina.
This is Anna Pavlova:
Widely regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas to have ever lived.
She is especially known for the creation of “The Dying Swan” a solo ballet performance which influenced Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake which in turn influenced the movie Black Swan.
Or as my nephew calls it…that movie where Natalie Portman does ballet and kisses a girl.
So ya…she was pretty influential.
Now what is it about her that made her great?
It surely has to be technique right? Surely she must have had some otherworldly angelic ballet technique?
In fact, she had very small and weak ankles and her feet were extremely rigid. Because of this she was incapable of doing some things that would have been a cakewalk for other ballerina like the pointe.
If you are wondering what the pointe is…here you go:
Yup…not easy…but this is one of the most essential ballet techniques.
(In fact, isn’t this the first image that comes to your head when you think of a ballet dancer? A beautiful woman wearing a shiny dress and standing on her tip toes?)
You can see why this move will be difficult for someone who doesn’t have strong toes and feet.
But did this stop Anna?
If she stopped now…the world would have been robbed of one of the greatest ballerinas to have ever lived…and easily the most influential.
She realized something that most great human beings realize…if you are facing a problem…then work around it.
She added a piece of hard wood to her shoes to get more support and what happened next is, as they say, history.
Any lesser woman would have stopper doing ballet when she realized that she wasn’t “born” to do ballet.
But Anna Pavlova believed…..she truly believed that she was going to be a great ballet dancer… her technique was lacking but so what?
That wasn’t going to stop her.
And guess what?
People fell in love with her.
Her frail body that was supposed to be detrimental?
Turns out it made her more endearing and human and people flocked to watch her shows.
Let’s hear from the woman herself:
Which brings me back to what I was talking about.
The biggest thing that prevents our mind, and consequently, ourselves from achieving its greatest potential are LIMITING BELIEFS.
“I can’t do that”, “I won’t be able to do it” …. These are the things which stop you.
Every single time you have these beliefs…think about that frail girl who didn’t up on her dreams, who didn’t give up on the thing she loved because people told her that she won’t be able to become a great ballerina.
In fact, so great was her love for ballet that on her death bed she cried out, “Bring me my swan costume!”
Now that is dedication…and with dedication like that no limiting belief is going to stop you from achieving whatever you want.
We will expand on this in the next article…and I will also tell you how you can get over your limiting beliefs.