"I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight." - Luke 15:18

Self-imposed limitation is a recipe for keeping within the circumference of average people. People who see the giant in themselves exhibit a winning attitude in the face of intimidating obstacles. John Maxwell observed, "Poor self-worth creates an invisible ceiling that can stop a person from attempting to rise above self-imposed limitations". It therefore goes without saying that self-imposed limitations are toxic to your potential. They are capable of dropping its victims off the radar of excellence. Hence, for you to attain success, you must see yourself as a success. Professing that you are destined for failure will refrain you from taking the first step towards fulfilment. Hence, if you are keen about rising above limitations, you need a can-do ATTITUDE. Attitude, they say is everything. Assuredly, no one makes a headway with an attitude that is heading in the opposite direction of your goals. An attitude that conflicts with your goal, would inflict you with regrets down the road. Today, you can rise above that limitation. The portrait of a winning attitude is to ask God for help because you believe He can and to act on His word because you believe it won't fail.

Whilst it is possible to rise above limitation through the right attitude, it is likewise essential to build a sound APTITUDE. Developing your faculty and scholarship would help you to sail through the limiting storms of ignorance, without experiencing a shipwreck. Ignorance is capable of playing havoc with your chances of living above limitation. The bible says that a wise man will hear and increase learning. Continuous learning helps you to transcend the hurdles of ignorance and get you closer to your goals. Ronald Osborn noted, “Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” So if you don't make the habit of raising the bar, your opinion may have to take a backseat to the gray matter of intellectuals.

Finally, it is important to note that difficulties and obstacles aren't designed to undermine us but rather to refine us. Keep in mind that disappointments are woven into the fabric of life. Hence, you shouldn't allow it to take the starch out of you. When you feel disappointed, it might just be an indication that there is a better way to travel and meet up with better opportunities. Hence, you shouldn't allow the array of difficulties that might be staring you in the face to undermine your hope of a better tomorrow. Square up and put up a brave front. Put in a different way, in order to rise above limitations, you need an incurable FORTITUDE to resist depression and discouragement when things seem to be falling apart. In Luke 15, when depression began to take its toll on the prodigal son, he arose and threw it off. With courage and hope, he got his acts together and threw himself at the mercy of his father. Are you troubled and downcast? You can lay it all at the feet of Jesus and He will surely stamp out every opposition to your fulfilment in Jesus name. With the right attitude and sound aptitude couple with an incurable fortitude, you can keep arising against all odds and limitations that might be stacked against your destiny.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.



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