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A glimpse on how to beat self-imposed limitations

A glimpse on how to beat self-imposed limitationsImage Credit: Supplied

While driving at a speed of 120 kilometers, my car slowed down a bit while tackling an upward slope, but it switched back to its previous speed while on level ground. Why? Because my car's cruise control was set at that speed. So, if you want to drive fast or slow, all you have to do is set the cruise control at the speed you want.

Each of us has different self-imposed standards or limitations when it comes to health, income, career, relationships and others. You might be wondering from where we got these standards. They mainly come from our environment, parents, teachers, colleagues, relatives and friends.

For example, many people have a set budget with which they feel comfortable; a little stretch and they feel uncomfortable. Any excess amount gives a person a ''structural distortion,'' leading him to spend the excess amount to restore his financial balance. Similarly, if it goes below the set level, the person puts in every effort to again restore the balance. What is at work here? Nothing, except one's own established self-imposed limitations.

When applied to life in general, or career in particular, these self-imposed standards or limitations usually work at our disadvantage, making us feel miserable when we fail to find balance, and preventing us from exploring other possibilities, welcoming change and achieving our full potential.

However, you can always change your mindset. Open yourself to new ideas or new environments. Overcome your fears and limitations. Learn new things, take further studies, travel, set your standards higher so you can improve yourself and achieve your career and life goals.

Only by doing so will you be able to achieve success in your personal and professional life.

Handy Hints:

• Learn to focus on what you really want in life and attain it

• Adjust your limits until you are fully capable of doing more

• Overcome fears and set higher standards to do better in life

Find out how to work on your goals like a bamboo tree

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company