Like many people, I struggle with this topic a lot. I am guilty of limiting myself and others ALL THE FREAKIN TIME. So I was talking to a very wise (unnamed) person about this topic and he had some very interesting insights on the matter.
His idea is that there is a conscept that we as humans create called Limiting Beliefs. These are limitations we put on ourselves to keep us from acheiving our potential as human beings. Why do we do this? Because we are afraid. We are afraid to belive that we are good enough to achive all that we desire. We fear failure. Well guess what! Fear is a limiting belief. Anything that holds us back from reaching our potential is a limiting belief. Lets say a woman says, " because of the career path i have chosen, i will never be wealthy. thats just the way it is." THAT is a limiting belief. THINK about it. How often have you said something like that to yourself or to someone else?? "I can't sing." "I'm just not pretty." "i am never gonna get married." As trivial as they may seem, they truly keep us from exploring options in our lives. Options that may bring us more happines that we could ever imagine. The more limitations we put on ourselves the more we restrict ourselves from opportunities to GROW. And isn't that what the purpose of life is? To learn and to grow.