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How To Overcome Your Self-Imposed Boundaries
Self-imposed boundaries/limits are the barriers that we create for ourselves, which might seem like they protect us, but in reality, can severely limit our potential.
Even though they were put up to protect us, they’re not always very effective at it.
Sometimes these self-imposed limitations can be dangerous and keep us from being truly happy because we aren’t true to ourselves.
It’s time that we break down these barriers and just let go a little bit!
Here are 5 simple ways to break boundaries and self-imposed limits.
Create A Powerful Master-List Of Goals
You probably already have a list of goals you’re trying to reach, but are you making your list strong enough?
You need to create a master list and break it down into smaller lists if you’re not. For example, A simple goal could be “I want to buy my own house.”
On the master list, there would just be one note that says: Buy My Own House.
Then on another list, there would be things like accepting an offer, researching different houses and neighborhoods, saving up for a deposit, etc.
Once these smaller goals are laid out before us, we’ll feel way more motivated than if we had just one huge goal.
It’s because we can now visually see the steps that we need to take, and it will make it much easier for us to complete them because we’ll know exactly what we’re doing.
Make A List Of All The Reasons That You Need To Stop Doing Something
Sometimes people think they need to stop doing something but then don’t have many reasons why. Sometimes these things just become habits and feel like second nature.
If you want to break down boundaries or self-imposed limits quickly, all you have to do is give yourself an actual reason as to why you should stop doing whatever it is that you do.
For example: Let’s say someone wants to lose weight because they think it would be a good idea, but then they never actually do anything about it.
If that person wanted to start going to the gym after work, and in their head, they’re like: “I should go to the gym,” but there isn’t a real reason why besides: “I should.”
When you don’t have any actual reasons why; You’ll probably end up skipping your workout at least once or twice, which is the equivalent of setting yourself back two steps.
So make sure that when you set out to create boundaries and self-imposed limits, really think about what you want and try to come up with some pretty powerful reasons for why you need to get it done.
Put A Price Tag On Your Limitations
Another great way to break down boundaries and self-imposed limits are by putting a price tag on them.
Think about all of the things you’ve told yourself you can’t do or won’t do because you don’t want to spend any money or energy on it.
These are usually the things that end up costing us more in the long run because we’re limiting our options and not allowing ourselves to explore what we’re capable of fully.
Something as simple as: “I could go out tonight, but I’m just too tired.” might be holding someone back from going out with their friends if they knew how much they really wanted it, which would help them realize exactly how much those limitations cost them in the long run.
Create A Timeline To Reach Your Goals
Many people have great goals in mind, but if they don’t give themselves a timeline to reach them, they’ll end up falling back into their routine and not even realizing that they haven’t gotten anywhere.
Setting yourself a timeframe for each goal is the equivalent of setting deadlines in school.
If you tell yourself that you’re going to finish something within a certain amount of time, it’s almost like making sure that your progress doesn’t slow down or stop once it gets started.
Sometimes putting an actual date on our to-do list can make us feel way more motivated because we know exactly what we need to do and by when.
Having the courage to break boundaries and self-imposed limits is not always easy, but once you get yourself into the habit of doing it.
You’ll realize that it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Not only will this help you find out precisely what it is that you want out of life, but it will help motivate you enough to take action whenever something stops you.
It doesn’t matter if your self-imposed boundaries or limits are big or small, whether it’s stopping yourself from scrolling through social media when you should be working.
Or finally, applying for the job you’ve been considering for way too long.
It all comes down to giving yourself reasons why something needs to happen while also ensuring that the timeframe for getting it done is clearly defined.
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