I love cinema. Last month I watched “Alice in Wonderland”. I found the movie was not that great, but the content itself definitely is. It’s not merely a fairy tale for children, it’s full of wisdom, and there’s a lot we can learn form the story.
Alice is supposed to fight the Jabberwock, a huge, dragon-like monster. Thinking about this more than challenging task, she says “It is impossible!” but the Mad hatter answers “only when you believe it is.”
Oh yes! How many times do your limiting beliefs keep you from doing wonderful things? How often do you just don’t get started because you THINK you cannot achieve it anyway?
There is a saying attributed to Henry Ford “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are most probably right.” Wisely said!
Alice starts reframing her perspective and continues: “Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” “That is an excellent practice!”, the Mad Hatter replies.
Indeed it is! Needless to say that Alice slays the Jabberwock, but the principle applies not only to fairy tales. All great inventions in this world were once imagined by people who could picture the unknown, the impossible. Without these great visionaries, we would still today sit in the dark after sunset.
Now, not necessarily all of us have to revolutionize the world. But overcoming even the small limiting beliefs in your daily life will dramatically improve the quality of your life step by step, and make you feel just FANTASTIC.
For example, triggered by the movie, I applied the Alice-in-Wonderland-strategy in the gym: I remembered the yoga classes I took some years ago: Jai, our teacher, introduced us to Shishasana headstands. I could only do this with my feet leaned against the wall, and in the whole class, there were only 2 people at all capable of doing it without the supporting wall. I BELIEVED it was impossible for ME.
That day in the gym, I reframed my perspective: first, I realized that my believe was limiting me: if others can do a headstand, there is nothing that should keep me from doing it as well. Then, I literally envisioned myself doing the headstand. Being an analytical person, I broke down this activity into smaller steps, for instance how I would first have to balance my upper body before slowly moving up my legs without force or rush, keeping focus and balance. And here’s my success story: after every work out, I would finish my program attempting a few headstands. I “failed” many times, but I learned from each failed attempt. And I am proud to share my win with you: yesterday I did my first “real” headstand with no wall, with no help. Nothing great? You should have seen that grin on my face! I tell you it is GREAT, because it dramatically boosted my self-confidence: Anything I THINK is possible IS possible! I have some ideas about what to do next already…
What limiting believes are you going to throw overboard today? Share your success story with me!