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If you must doubt…doubt your limits

If you must doubt something, doubt your limits.

I have heard this piece of advice many times and always nod yes…great advice.  But what does it mean?

Today I just happened to show up at someone else’s blog…just happened…and saw this video.  I think I followed a link from Facebook to get there, I don’t remember that part…and I also don’t believe in coincidences.  I was drawn there and stayed for the powerful message and was so inspired I decided to share it here as well.

Limits for me are artificial barriers we put in place to keep us from really being who we are…from fully expressing ourselves.

And if we aren’t fully expressing ourselves, I believe not only are we missing out on a lot of possible joy, but we are depriving others of what we are here to share.   Definitely a lose-lose proposition.

Limits  usually show up in the form of fear…fear of speaking out about something I believe in, fear of doing something other people might consider unconventional, fear of making a change, fear of making a commitment….lots of possibilities out there.

How many times have you stayed in a job, a relationship, a city because the fear of moving on, fear of taking a risk, fear of making a change, or just because it was all just too overwhelming?  I know I have.  The last time I decided to quit a job I knew before I quit that I would look back with relief knowing it was behind me.  I also acknowledged to myself that I had already stayed too long, that nothing positive was coming from being there.  But still I stayed on…so apparently the pay off was that  it was just easier to stay.  I didn’t have to make yet another change, I didn’t have to explain myself.  I could remain comfortable, low key and out of sight.

I did finally leave the job behind …and made the decision to share my knowledge and expertise in health and wellness through this blog where a few posts back I shared my intention to help change our health care system through encouraging people to take responsibility for their health.

In spite of my best intentions, I still give in to fears and limitations.  So it helps to hear a story from someone else…someone who has challenges beyond anything I could imagine, and who has moved beyond the fear and found a way to express who she really is…big time.  Rather than give away the punch line I will embed the video and let you enjoy it for yourself.  It is definitely worth the short time it takes to hear this amazing woman’s story.


Share how you have learned to overcome fears and express yourself.


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12 Responses to If you must doubt…doubt your limits

  1. Suzanne Glathar December 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Hey Celeste,
    That was an inspiring video. When I was 3 years old I was burned over 60% of my body and up until the age of 21 when I saw fire I would run. My parents car engine causght on fire and I jumped out of the car when I was a kid and I remember fear of fireworks. When I was 21 we had a grill and I had never started it before and I was determined that I was going to light that grill. It took 21 matches to light it, I know because I counted each one. Over the years my fear has deminished significantly, I still don’t like it when the grill goes poof, but I can light a grill now.
    This Carolyn is a great inspiration, if she can do it, I can do it.
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    • Celeste Smucker December 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks Suzanne, That’s a dramatic story about your burns…I’m glad you were able to get past the fear which must have been intense. Thanks for stopping. I’m glad you enjoyed the video…which was indeed powerful.

  2. Donna Merrill December 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I love this post Celeste!

    So many people get stuck in their limitations which IS fear. In fact we all do when we need to step out of the box in our life’s journey.

    I think the first step is important and that is to recognize it. I was wrestling with something in a mastermind group I am in. I didn’t realize I was in a fear space until someone in the group brought it up.
    an AHA moment for me. But now I have to work on getting over it and proceeding the task I am going to undertake

    Thanks for the inspiration,
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    • Celeste Smucker December 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Donna. Thanks for sharing. We definitely get stuck…all of us. I love those AHA moments when you suddenly realize what’s going on behind the scenes. Good luck with your task…Let me know how it goes. Happy holidays.

  3. Steve Vernon December 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    What an amazingly powerful and inspiring video, Celeste! I’m constantly amazed at the people who appear on Ted Talks, and this is no exception, for sure! It is definitely true that the only limits we have are those we place on ourselves through our thoughts and beliefs and the story called “Life” that we create for ourselves through those limiting thoughts and beliefs. Thanks so much for posting this!
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    • Celeste Smucker January 8, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      HI Steve, Yes we definitely have a lot of stories to tell ourselves! I have a spiritual teacher who always asks us to consider who we would be without our stories….videos like this one give us a glimpse of the greatness that lives in all of us…if we would only just acknowledge it.

  4. Jamie Bishop December 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi Celeste,

    Thank you for taking the time to create this post.I have been reading some posts in the last few days with some powerful messages behind them and yours is no exception.Each one seems to renew something in me and it’s great.I have put limitations on myself for most of my life and fear has played a very big part in it.One of my biggest fears,fear in change in my life,has held me back from so many things that could have greatly increased my life.Now one of my biggest fears is watching my 4 little girls grow up.Of course I want them to grow up and live fantastic lives,but if they grow up,then they won’t be my little girls anymore.Seeing someone that has a dramatic disability be able to do so many great things with her life,and have such a wonderful outlook on life reminds me of just how small my limitations and fears really are.

    Thank you again for the fantastic,inspiring,post and video,

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    • Celeste Smucker January 8, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      Hi Jamie…thanks for sharing a bit of your story. I know it must be hard to watch your kids grow up and leave home…and yet they also have a lot to offer you and the world when they become adults.

  5. Justin December 21, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Hi Celeste,
    I read a quote from the famous Martial Artist: Bruce Lee. He said we have no limits, we only reach plateaus. We must not stay there though, we must move forward. It went something like that.

    Take Care. :)
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    • Celeste Smucker January 8, 2013 at 8:47 am #

      Hi Justin, That’s a great quote. Plateaus can be good…give us an opportunity to catch our breath, relax and reevaluate….before moving on to bigger and better things. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  6. Adrienne January 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I agree Celeste, what a powerful video and message indeed.

    I still have plenty of fears I haven’t worked through but I’m facing them one by one and head on this year. Yep, I realize that in order to get to where I want to be I have to move through the fear and do it anyway. Like Donna, my mastermind group and the amazing support of that group is what’s going to help me move through it this year. I’m tired of holding myself back so that stops now.

    This video just reinforces me that I’m on the right path. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and I’m glad I waited until now to see it.

    Happy New Year!

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    • Celeste Smucker January 8, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Hi Adrienne, Thanks for your comments. There is definitely something about the new year that brings us face to face with what has held us back in the past. I am having a few struggles with some old demons myself at the moment. I agree with you..the time to stop holding myself back is now…lets go for it.

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