I was listening to psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach on the Tim Ferriss podcast the other day. She asked, “What do I believe that is limiting me?” Do I, like many others, suffer from imposter syndrome? Do I think I’m not smart enough, thin enough, friendly enough, organized enough? Do I think I’m bad at presentations or networking or making money?
You become what you believe. And you must walk through the fear. As Mike Tyson’s trainer Cus D’Amoto said, “The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.”
You can’t be afraid of making mistakes. As Saatchi and Saatchi creative director Paul Arden said, “The person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything.”
So what is the story in our head that is limiting us? What is stopping us from becoming all we were meant to be? And how can we funnel that energy into fighting the good fight, making a difference, being ourselves and changing the world?
All the people who did what you want to do had the same confining thoughts in their heads. But they didn’t listen. They kept trying. They kept fighting. They kept believing in themselves beyond reason. Your life is limitless. You are not an imposter. You are the perfect candidate for the job of a lifetime. Being yourself.