Natural laws and conventional wisdom tell us that you cannot walk on water. Jesus’ disciples, the fishermen knew this because they had probably seen drownings on water bodies in their lives. Imagine their shock when they saw their master swaggering towards them on water.
It is no surprise that they were convinced he was a ghost apart from pragmatic Peter who wanted to settle the argument once and for all. So …28Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”…
Why did he begin to sink? You wonder. That is simply because success or failure is determined in your own mind. If you bring out your all-conquering God-given will and conviction that you can do something then nothing, not even laws of nature can stand in your way. You will feel a secret divine power coming upon you; and you will see that the magnetism of that conviction and power is opening up new ways for you.
Most people have convinced themselves that they can’t be more, do more and live differently. The problem becomes more apparent when we take on a challenge in our lives that requires significant bravery and a step into the unknown: things like marriage, moving to a new country, or a career change. the sob story we have told ourselves all lives plays nonstop in our minds telling us to give up because that’s not like us. What you think of as meaningful truths about yourself and the world are actually nothing but fear.
When you say I can’t do this, what you are really saying is “I am scared”.
I’m scared of what will happen if I try. I’m scared of what other people will say or do. I’m scared of failing. I’m scared by the fact that I don’t know what to do next. I’m scared of proving that I’m not good enough. I’m scared of not being taken seriously. I’m scared I’ll have to wait for years to do what I truly love.
When you make up your mind to do good things, you will accomplish them if you use dynamic will power to follow through. No matter what the circumstances are, if you go on trying, God will create the means by which your will shall find its proper reward. This is the truth Jesus referred to when he said: “If ye have faith, and doubt not,…if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea, it shall be done.”
So how do you get rid of these self-limiting beliefs? The first step is to remove the disguise and bravely face your ugly truth. When you translate your limiting belief about the world into a personal state of being, you remove all of its external validation. It’s no longer a situation outside of your control. It’s no longer something that’s true ‘out there’, where you can’t touch it. It’s internal. And anything that’s within you is also within your power to change.
Once you’ve identified what you’re afraid of, put yourself in a situation that forces you to challenge your fear. Do this by connecting with people, trying out an idea in a small, low-risk way, or simply becoming better informed about the situation you’re afraid of. Information is hugely powerful in any attempt to alter limiting beliefs. Seek out anything and anyone that could offer you a new way of perceiving the world, and if it requires you to close your eyes and take a little leap of faith, take it.
Start with small actions that gently put some pressure on your comfort zone, and then from there build up to bigger, bolder moves.