You Are Limitless.

A Life Lesson Through A Short Story

Ask yourself a question right now:

Who sets your own limits?

Your parents?

Your friends?

Teachers?

Or You?

I think we all know the answer to that. So why is it that most of us don’t actually utilise that concept?

A couple of years ago, I was playing football with this player, I used to call him ‘King.’

King was one of the best players I have ever seen or even played with. He was graceful with the ball, had this eye for passes that no one else could have spotted. He was gifted, he was made for this sport. He was made to play football. And his efforts were recognized.

King was sought after by many clubs in Mumbai. But his career never materialized. He never fulfilled his potential to become a professional footballer.

I met King a few years ago and asked him a simple question, “Why aren’t you trying to make it in football?”

He replied, “I can’t, it’s not possible.”

And that’s how the conversation continued until we started playing.

My point here is that King was more than capable of making it pro, but he never did because he set these limits and imposed these needless barriers on himself.

He was his own problem.

He could have tried hard, pushed for what he truly wanted, broken every barrier and limit he encountered and honestly, he could have gone on to be India’s best player — ever.

But he didn’t.

He let his fears, his inhibitions get the better of him. He let his peers, his parents dictate his life by telling him that it wasn’t feasible.

And that’s where the majority goes wrong.

Limits are only set in the mind.

They are barriers that can be broken by pursuing and pushing and beating on your craft.

I’m sure you would have heard that in life, you will face many obstacles that you will have to overcome? These mental limits are a prime example of this.

Don’t listen to what anyone else has to say.

If you want to do something, if you know you are good at something and if it is not encouraged by anybody, be it your parents, your friends or your teachers, regardless of whatever, go out and do what you love.

Don’t let someone else’s words dictate your life!

In 2012, I was 13 years old and a talent hunt called the Airtel Rising Stars Initiative in a tie-up with Manchester United had been set up in over 7 cities of India.

This was purely an Under 16 age category selection. I was pretty good at football and I wanted to make it big. I wanted to push and make it professional and why not? Who was going to stop me?

I requested my parents to make the trip of over 600 Kms from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad just for these trials. Obviously, my parents had their doubts.

It was my persistence that convinced them to take me.

Everyone doubted me, people were laughing about a 13-year-old going for U-16 trials. I don’t think anyone believed in me as this was my first actual selection. There were over 1,000 kids present on the day of trials.

1,000.

Let that sink in.

Not going into the details of the selections (I’ll save that for my other blog) I cleared the first round, then the second and then the third. I was eventually included in the top 120 of the selections. I played my heart out, putting all the haters well wishes in a bag and chucking it out of my head, I then made it to the top 40. My dream run was halted right there as I was outmatched physically.

But in that moment, I knew, that no one had the right to tell me what I could and could not do.

I made it to the top 40 out of over 1,000 footballers in a U16 age category when I was just 13 years old.

This is no attempt to boast, this is an attempt to make you understand that the human mind is way too underrated.

You can do whatever you set your mind to.

When I reached back home, I was respected, people knew who I was.

Obviously, there were people who called me lucky, but who remembers their names?

The people who discourage you from doing what you want to, the ones who tell you that it isn’t possible, that it isn’t feasible... My question to you is this:

How do you know what it is like to do what you have in your head?

Have you tried that idea?

Have you made that effort?

Have you put in the hours?

The answer is no.

They haven’t even tested their limits, they gave up at the first sign of adversity.

Don’t let anyone discourage you from pursuing what you want to be.

If you want to lose weight? Then go the gym! Run! Let no one tell you that you are too fat!

You dictate what happens in your life.

You want to write a book? A blog? Go, do it! Start writing, don’t think about what others are going to think of you!

You dictate what happens in your life!

You have a business idea? Put it into action! Test the market, ask questions, explore, try! Don’t let anyone tell you that it won’t work!

You dictate what happens in your life!

If you are good at vlogging, put it on YouTube, put yourself out there! Be your own person!

You dictate what happens in your life!

There will be people who will support you, who will have the same mindset as you, who will want to try out stuff which is discouraged by others. Make these people your close friends, talk to them, do what you want to and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Cut out the negativity and bring in the positivity.

Nothing is impossible. Nothing is out of reach.

Everything is in your grasp… You just need to make a good effort!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the famous ‘Life beats you down’ Rocky Balboa quote. Well, the reason it is so famous and still resonates with practically everyone is because it is a fact.

Limits exist only in the mind.

Break them.

You Are Limitless!

Originally published at headsortailsweb.wordpress.com on October 31, 2017.

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