Overcoming the Obstacle of Self

I made up a word the other day. I call it “de-nichefy.” Classy, I know. What it means is to stop over-categorizing something down to a tiny description that limits the possibilities of said “thing.” In other words, stop limiting. As an entrepreneur and a creative type all rolled into one confused package, I often find myself facing the challenges of owning a business with thoughts like, “I’m not made like that;” or “I’m not good at doing things like that.” By saying these things, I’m categorizing myself down to a tiny niche that limits me from possibilities I could otherwise achieve if I would just apply myself.

I’m a firm believer in the capitalistic ideal that anyone can do anything they set their mind to. We are limitless human beings – that’s how God made us. The only thing that stops us is ourselves. And often it comes in the form of not believing in what we are capable of – nichefying ourselves.

So my encouraging word for the day is to de-nichefy yourself. Believe that you can do anything you set your mind to. You may not like it. You may not be prone to achieve it perfectly the first time. Who cares? Try it anyway. When you fail, try it again in a new way. If you want something, why let perceived inability stop you? I don’t believe in inability. I only believe in “in-application.” You only fail at things you refuse to try.

Go. Be free. De-nichefy and see what happens. Overcome the obstacle of self…