Our Only Limitation

Have you ever thought that the reason you can’t achieve something might be yourself? Or that maybe your worst enemy is yourself? Our minds are amazing machines. They are powerful and can lead us to success, but unfortunately, most people do not know how to use them for their benefit. This is when our thoughts become our worst enemy. You might be thinking “how?”. Napoleon’s Hill quote can answer that question:

“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”

Our minds are known for being double-edged swords. They are great sources of encouragement most of the times, yet they can also limit our capacities. Our minds are the house for all of our fears, failures, and bad experiences, and since we are all humans, we do not want these experiences to happen ever. This is what holds us back. For example, if you are scared to shoot the ball because you might fail, then you will miss the opportunity to score a goal. The fear that held you back to score the goal is produced in our minds.

 So, what is the significance of Napoleon’s quote?  The significance is that you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it. You have no limits if you don’t allow those fears to enter your mind. Many athletes have been able to overcome these limits by just believing in themselves and trusting their capacities.

  Jim Abbot is a clear example of overcoming limits. Jim Abbot was a baseball player who, despite having born without the right hand, played in the MLB for the ten years of his career. He never went down to the minor leagues. Another example is Muggsy Bogues. Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player to ever play in the NBA. For any other person, being  5’3’’ height might be a significant limitation to play professional basketball, but for Bogues, it is not. He has blocked many shots and also scored averaged 7.7 points per game. He is an excellent example of proving that limits are set by ourselves. The last case is Bethany Hamilton. She is a professional surfer who suffered from a shark attack. The shark bit off her arm and she lost 60% of her blood. She almost died in the attack. After recovering, she came back to professional surfing and won the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete.

 These examples demonstrate that limits are set up by a person’s mind. Don’t let your mind to hold you back, instead, use it for your benefit. Encourage yourself to perform exceptionally every time you have the opportunity.

Rafael Vallejo

Mateo Vallejo, is a 10th grader. He writes Sports editorials and is a designer for the Newspaper Team. His favorite hobby is to play video games.

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