By Allison Annala, Regular ContributorNovember 29, 2015
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Listening to a collegiate coach speak recently, I heard him mention his team’s “lesser strengths.” Those two words completely blew my mind. Essentially, he was discussing his team’s flaws, their weaknesses… and yet, he used carefully crafted adverbs to eliminate the need for negativity.
Why use the word weakness at all? Aren’t we all just working on becoming stronger regardless of our weaknesses, regardless of insecurities, regardless of what others perceive to be our limitations?
Limitations are those things we hide behind to give weight to our weaknesses.
They are the obstacles in our way as we are trying to become our best self. They are the anchors keeping our feet on the ground when we are trying desperately to take flight.
Validating our weaknesses as such gives them power over us, which in turn, inhibits our growth. If we limit ourselves, we are voluntarily stating that there are things we will not achieve, goals that are out of reach, and dreams that are better off being chased by someone else.
Why do we continue to do this to ourselves?
Why don’t we use more phrases like “lesser strengths” to identify characteristics or qualities we are working toward improving? I’d like to break through the glass ceiling of limitations, eliminate the feeling of being anchored to one thing or one place in life, and fly straight to the moon to prove that there is nothing and no one that can dictate how far I go in life.
What about you?
Are you willing to unchain your anchor, rid your life of just one limitation, and fly far away from the person that you have settled for to become the person that you want to be?
If I’m being honest, I’m terrified to make that kind of change in my life. However, in my heart of hearts, I know that true happiness and complete freedom exist on the other side. So who is with me, ladies?! Let’s shed the insecurities, acknowledge our lesser strengths, and gracefully walk right past our limitations to the women we are destined to become.
Believe we can do this. I do.
Are you holding yourself back? Do you give yourself limitations? How can we push through these limitations? How can we believe in ourselves more? Tell us below!
A gymnast since age 4, Allison uses the life lessons learned through the sport to help young women discover their greatness! She is a huge advocate for girls and women, particularly when it comes to body image and self-worth! Along with coaching, Allison now teaches at her Alma Matter, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She loves sharing her passion for gymnastics with women of all ages and her passion for life and love on her blog www.allison-lifeisbeautiful.blogspot.com. She is so thrilled to be an advocate for IATG and can’t wait to help inspire women all over the world!
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