Fish Lives Great Life After Jumping Out Of Bowl

Ian Paul Marshall —  January 19, 2010 — 4 Comments

4 Simple Ways To Push Past Your Personal Boundaries

I heard an interesting story the other day about Koi fish. Not sure if it’s an urban legend or not.

It said that Koi fish will only grow as large as their environment will allow for.

For example if you place a Koi in a fish bowl it’ll only grow up to about three inches. If you took that same fish and placed it in a backyard pond it’ll grow to about eighteen inches.

Most amazing though, is that if you place that same fish in a large lake, the Koi will grow to be about three feet or more.

So the fish’s growth it totally dependent on the environment it’s placed in.

This is similar to our own lives and the undo limitations that we place on ourselves.

We’ll only grow as far as we give ourselves permission to.

So if you want your life to grow, shatter your bowl.

Break free from the fears and doubts that are holding you back.

Realize that the boundaries and limitations that are in your life are more often than not self imposed prisons.

If your going to impose anything on yourself why not impose greatness?

4 Ways To Push Your Boundaries

  1. Try something new:
    Maybe a new food, a different genre of books, a new restaurant.
  2. Go somewhere different:
    Another part of the city or maybe even another country.
  3. Talk to everyone:
    People on the street, in line, on the subway
  4. Be spontaneous:
    Skip, sing out loud, where a Hawaiian shirt to work

Figure out what’ll work for you to help you get past yourself.

Everyday we build and operate our lives from a mental construct that we’ve created about ourselves.

So if we’re the ones that created it that means we have the power to change it. We can choose a different way and a new direction.

Maybe it’s time you jumped out of your bowl…

Be inspirational!


“Inspiring You To Greatness”

4 responses to Fish Lives Great Life After Jumping Out Of Bowl

  1. Love it!!!

  2. ianpaulmarshall January 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks so much Tracy! If you want to see me write about a particular topic please let me know.

  3. Hi Paul,
    Thanks for this great post.
    It’s so important to push back our boundaries – to set ourselves free from the self-imposed limits that we don’t even realise are there.
    Your 4 suggestions are great, because they are practical, simple and free.
    There’s no excuse not to try them!
    Thank you for sharing.
    P.S. Would you mind if we feature this post in our “Pick Of The Week” round-up this week?

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