Optimise Your Mindset

How to turn your limitations into gifts

May 2, 2022
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Have you noticed that often the things we care mostly about are the ones in which we’ve experienced limitations?

For example, I care about wellbeing because I suffered the consequences of burnout. I care about compassion because I realised how detrimental it was to motivate myself and others with the whip of harsh criticism.

In a similar way, it’s the areas where we’re most limited at in ourselves that we have the greatest potential for growth – not just relative to where we are, but relative to those who are ‘naturally good’ at it. Why? Because we’re more motivated to grow and develop. We don’t take it for granted.

A quote to keep in mind

“No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”

― Carol S. Dweck, ‘Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success’

How to turn your limitations into gifts

Every time you notice that you struggle with something, take a minute to reflect on what’s happening inside you. Are you annoyed with yourself? Is there envy towards someone who has ‘natural abilities’?

Then try asking yourself:

💡 What might be the opportunity for growth that I’m presented with?

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Written by
Mica Vaipan

Performance & wellbeing coach, entrepreneur. Formerly startup founder, tech startup COO and investment banker.

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