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Challenging Your Self Beliefs By Not Looking in The Mirror

There is an old Zen saying "A person who looks in the mirror will only see what they think" - it means, that we are limited by our perceptions, beliefs about life.

If you met a person 18 years ago who was well dressed and a qualified airline pilot, would you have believed it possible that this person could hijack a commercial flight with 300 hundred passengers on board with a stanley knife, and then fly that plane into a building to kill 3,200 business people? No, it was beyond comprehension. But today, you'd believe it. Because it's believable, it's now possible.

Sri Chimnoy, is a hero of mine... He did running, swimming and weight lifting to focus his mind, his forms of meditations were actions. Here's a bit about that before we go on with the theme for you of challenging your self beliefs.

Chinmoy began weightlifting in 1985, at the age of 54. His weightlifting included a creative array of objects and machinery designed to challenge his strength and ability. His message to the public in his weightlifting endeavours was that anything is possible if one is able to put aside the limitations of the mind. Bill Pearl, former Mr. Universe, acted as Master of Ceremonies at many of Chinmoy's strength exhibitions. Introducing one of Chinmoy's weightlifting exhibitions in 1999, Bill Pearl wrote: "Today you are going to see some amazing feats of strength that I myself – and I have been in the industry for fifty-five years – would not even attempt to perform." Chinmoy said his motivation for lifting was to inspire others, especially those of an older generation. In 2006 he stated, "If I can inspire anybody in this world, then I feel that my life is meaningful. With my weightlifting, I am offering my physical strength to inspire people."

In a program created in 1998 known as 'Lifting up the world with a Oneness Heart', Chinmoy lifted people of inspiration while they stood on a platform overhead. Chinmoy described his motivation: 'I lift them up to show my appreciation for their achievements,' Among some of the 7000 people he lifted include: Nelson Mandela,[141] Desmond Tutu, Muhammad Ali, Sting, Eddie Murphy, Susan Sarandon, Roberta Flack, Yoko Ono, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Gere[26] Helen Hunt.[142] Twenty Nobel leaureates and a team of sumo wrestlers were also lifted.

In April 2011, a documentary film about Chinmoy's weightlifting titled Challenging Impossibility was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival.[143]

Change Your Mind By Challenging Your Possibilities

People will never do what they consider is the impossible. Christopher Walker

People will never do what they consider is the impossible. If you believe you can't win, you won't. If you think human beings will never fly, they won't. The great people amongst us are often considered crazy because they believe something that everyone else thinks impossible.

What's most interesting about this, and many stories like it is that nobody beat the 4 minute mile up until that day, and then, 7 weeks later, (too short for someone to change their training plan) someone else did it. Then Bannister's feat was followed by many others. It shows us that if you are waiting to see it to believe it, you won't be the first to do it. For most, if someone else can, so can you. But do you want your life to be "if someone else can do it, I can do it?" Or would you love to say "Even if nobody did it before, I can do it now."

Bannister was no more or less human than the more-than- the 000's of people who matched or beat his feat since.

Or the countless people before him who could have beaten the time but didn't.


Ok, lets have some fun....

Here's a pdf, for you to download and print. Score yourself (looking in the mirror) then get someone else to score you (partner, friend or me) and see what they think. It's a really enjoyable exercise.

In the next blog - tomorrow or the next day, I'll show you a great next step. See if you can get this one done in the meantime. And, if you're willing, send this form to me by email.

Have a great time doing it.


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