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Pushing Boundaries

It’s the wee hours of the morning and you're churning over that creative thought, that big idea, or that seemingly unrealistic goal. As the sun begins to rise, that restless energy just can’t be contained and you realize those scattered thoughts may be the makings of something great. However, in order for those thoughts to be manifested, it may require you to push through the boundaries in your mind - - self doubt, fear, laziness and the criticisms of others, and instead move toward the limitless boundaries of going after what you want; peace of mind and the satisfaction that comes when others benefit too. 

To me, the old adage “thinking out the box” goes hand and hand with this way of approaching things. I often encounter this when I take on doing something I’ve never done. A good example of this is when I started learning a new language. In my case, that was French. Initially, I was very intimidated when I could not pronounce any words correctly and was having trouble memorizing basic phrases; but then I realized it was how I was approaching it. I started pushing the boundaries in my mind by seeking out French speakers to practice with and I recorded myself talking so I could hear as I improved. I’ll admit, I’m far from fluent, but I found that my focused dedication put me on track to accomplish what I set out to do, be conversational.

When pushing boundaries, it’s my thought that you be clear on your intended goal. If you are doing so just to be a rebel, you may get temporary satisfaction, but you may not garner the long-term benefits you truly desire. I’d also say you would want to give consideration to who may be affected by the actions you may take. If pushing your personal boundaries meant, for example, a plan to relocate to another city and this would possibly be disruptive to a committed relationship you’re in, consult with your partner to ensure you’re both on the same page. If it’s just a matter of timing, even if it takes a little time, a plan can be mapped out that will allow for optimal results.

When considering how far to push boundaries you shouldn’t start with the obstacles you may encounter, but instead think it through, write it out and see what is needed to execute a solid plan of action. If once evaluated, you see that it makes sense to proceed, I encourage you to do so. Allow yourself the opportunity to walk out the box, or work through any limiting beliefs which is not only freeing, but could also open all types of doors. Don’t be afraid to push boundaries!

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