Be Realistic!

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Is your sense of reality, both accurate and intelligent?”

“Passion is energy! Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you!” – Oprah Winfrey

Most people who say “Be realistic!” maybe don’t realize it or wouldn’t admit it, but nevertheless they are living in fear.

Often because of past disappointments, and their own perceived failures, these people have become afraid of letting themselves down again. They have developed their limiting beliefs to protect themselves, but it is these same beliefs that cause them to hesitate and shy away from the risks they think exist, and as a result prevent them from giving their all; consequently they get limiting and limited results. Their limiting beliefs become part of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Great leaders are rarely “realistic” by other people’s standards. They are, however, accurate and intelligent. Mahatma Gandhi believed he could gain autonomy for India by peacefully and non-violently opposing Great Britain, something that had never been done before. He wasn’t being realistic, but he has certainly been proved to be accurate.

Everyone told Roger Bannister to be realistic, that no-one had ever run a mile in under four minutes and that no-one ever would! Yet they were proved by Roger to be unrealistic themselves on 6 May 1954 at Oxford when he completed the first sub four-minute mile, in three minutes fifty nine point four seconds on the University’s Iffley Road Track.

It’s interesting to note that within three months of Bannister proving that a man could run a mile in less than four minutes; almost 20 other athletes had literally followed in his footsteps! Since that time many others have not only completed the mile in less than four minutes, but the record is now held by the Moroccan, Hitcham Guerrouj who ran the mile in 3 minutes 43.13 seconds in Rome in 1999.

Which of your so-called realistic beliefs should you shun? What exciting, new, unrealistic but entirely possible expectations are there, that you should embrace? Please let me know if you’d like to explore the possibilities that your life has yet to embrace!