Most people think of limitations as problematic. The word is most commonly – and mistakenly - associated with lack of freedom, pending failure and inadequacy. To the ambitious, highly motivated entrepreneur, the idea that there may be limitations in what they can accomplish is somewhat terrifying and most certainly frustrating. Specifically, they have difficulties dealing with:
- Limitations in time
- Limitation in energy
- Limitation in capacity
Some respond with rebellion, as if limitations are a personal affront to their freedom. They are not. In fact, the opposite is true.
Yesterday I met with a financial planner who had just finished with an intense 3-month period of client meetings. We discussed his heightened awareness about the impact of the spring and fall meetings on his available time and energy for other, equally important priorities. He determined that going forward, as things stand now (there are only two people in the firm, including him) he can conduct no more than 3 clients meetings a week. He had already sensed this but upon reviewing the impact of overriding this limit, he became more solidly committed to holding to it when spring meetings roll around.
Empowered with this awareness he feels stronger not weaker. By understanding his limitations, he can act and respond with clarity and integrity.
- When he reaches maximum capacity of 3 meetings during a week, he will be more confident in holding to his limit when a client makes a schedule request that will put him over that limit, and explain why it benefits them, too.
- Whereas before he detected this, now he knows that if he wants to continue to grow he will have to bring on another planner. We have just begun to implement the planning steps for this now.
Entrepreneurs who have the additional burden of dealing with a health issue need to be especially aware of their limitations. Talk about frustrating! The mind says “Yes!” and the body says, “Not so much.” Those who are able to understand what their limits are do better in the long run. They learn to pace themselves and they learn what is important and what is not. Recovery of their health and recovery of their business is likely to go more smoothly.
Next time you retract from limitations, tell that mind of yours thatlimitations are good. Inside your limitations you'll find your power, too.
I had to pause for a chuckle when reviewing this post, remembering that one my email signature taglines is “Transcend Your Limitations, Transform Your Results.” I might have to change it to “Embrace Your Limitations, Transform Your Results. " Now, that’s interesting.