We can endure what seems unendurable and accomplish what seems impossible. We must never assume that what we believe is possible actually limits what is possible. Our beliefs limit what is possible. In many ways our domestication falsely defines our life’s potential. We contribute to what we see, and then interpret what we observe as validation of what we believe. We confuse our functional ability with our capability. That is what maintains the illusion that we are less than we truly are. Remaining unaware of this is perhaps the greatest limit to achieving self-actualization. Wisdom starts with questioning everything. This perspective has led me to make “doing the harder thing” as the default in my life. As a consequence, I am comfortable with “not knowing” in the short run because I have confidence that my “unconscious” is leading me in the right direction, although I may be unaware of it consciously at the time.

The foundation for achieving inner peace, optimal functioning and adaptability is never direct. We must never neglect our base camp if we want to transcend the ordeal of climbing to great heights. We are forced to prioritize using our best judgment at the time but should never assume that we will believe the same things in the future. The recognition of that fact alone is the beginning of inner freedom. Knowing ourselves as we truly are, is the foundation for inner clarity, adaptability, humility, inner peace and the ability to give without ever feeling depleted.

How we put things together determines the outcomes of our life. Reducing the gap between what we believe is possible for us (how we actually function) and what we are truly capable of mastering defines the process of growing into maturity.  Most falsely believe that things are functioning as well as they could be based on tacit early mental models and focus on skill development as a substitute for true mastery.