How many of us are unhappy about some sort of limitation we have and see them as keeping us from the life we ‘could have had’? I know that this has been an issue for me in the past. Being shy, being on the ADD spectrum and not having a business mind have all felt like the things that have held me back. But what if I were to embrace them? What if I were to think of them as things that could move me forward in life versus hold me back?
Phil Hansen was an art student who developed a tremor in his hand. Imagine how that would make an artist feel. But then a neurologist said a simple thing that pushed him forward: embrace the shake. He took this on and not only used his shake to create amazing art, but also thought of it as a metaphor; how can one grow by embracing what seems to be holding you back? Or in his words, “I wondered, could you become more creative, then, by looking for limitations?”
In his TED talk which can be found here, I loved some of his final words. “Now, when I run into a barrier or I find myself creatively stumped, I sometimes still struggle, but I continue to show up for the process and try to remind myself of the possibilities…I was learning to let go, let go of outcomes, let go of failures, and let go of imperfections.“
How powerful! By letting go, he was actually growing. By embracing the limitations, he was soaring.