Do what you are actually capable of doing
Posted on January 17, 2012 by Andrea Burk, One of Thousands of Leadership Coaches on Noomii.
We hear about it every day. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Why not you?
“People are born with intrinsic motivation, self-respect, dignity, curiosity to learn, joy of learning. -Dr. W. Edward Demming” Somewhere along the way we become self-conscious, self-deprecating and judgemental; fearful of growth and of being great because of what that might mean or how it may look. As a result, every day we don’t even come close to what we are actually capable of doing. We operate at a subconsciously uncomfortable level, reigning ourselves in because of fear or subconscious barriers. We hold ourselves in 3 or 4th gear, yet feeling there is a 5th and a 6th in there….somewhere.
We hear about it often. In the news, “89 year old grandmother lifts car to save grandson,” on the internet, sports updates, books (i.e. Malcolm Gladwells, Outliers) etc. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Limits are figments of our imagination that can, sometimes, be all too powerful. When we disarm our fears and believe in our abilities, we pop the clutch, diffuse perceived limits and experience a life (a sense of aliveness, control and awareness) that, until now, has only been our hopes and daydreams.
As Thomas Edison said “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” That sums it up. It is all about performance; whatever that means to you.
What gear are you living in? Make the shift to extraordinary and astound yourself.