The world tells us that we all come packaged with preset limitations. Things we can and can’t do. Obstacles we won’t be able to overcome. And yet there are people like Italo Romano that torch the rules and smile. At 13, Italo lost his legs in a train accident. At 23 he is a beloved professional skateboarder with more skill and style than most will ever have.
Whether it’s your personal life or your business, we all have imaginary barriers that we believe to be impenetrable. To do something great requires us to operate outside of the confines of self-doubt and unbelief.
What’s your excuse?
My excuse used to be that running a company would require too much work and the barrier to entry was far too great for me to overcome. There were many times as I was trying to raise money to start ClickPoint where I doubted everything. I doubted my ability to convince anyone that they should trust me with their business and their money. Barriers are mental and are made to be broken. You have to learn that it’s best to be “comfortable, being uncomfortable”. If you are uncomfortable that is a good thing, it means you are pushing yourself past a barrier. Your goals should scare you. If they don’t then you’re not trying hard enough. I am reminded of this every time I speak publicly. The nerves set in. The sweat. The fear of rejection. And then I remember what a very wise woman told me:
She said: “Picture yourself at your event speaking, now picture your negative voice telling you that you can’t do it. Name this voice something personal and when you do, remind yourself that the negative entity was not invited to speak today, you were”. I named my negative voice and then visualized this negative voice with a face. I reminded myself that Gabriel Buck was invited to speak today not the entity that embodied fear and rejection. Everyone, and I mean everyone has this voice. It’s your job to learn how to keep it in submission while the true you, the you that you envision you being, your greatness, shows up and delivers. Break down your barriers and breakthrough them by using the power of imagery.
Our team created our software with that goal in mind. I have always believed that everyone should have the tools to break through the barriers that others have created. Sometimes, you need to personally overcome obstacles and sometimes you need a few tools in your bag to help you overcome them.