Have you ever been in a place where you wait on the opinion of another before you decide if something is within your reach? This outside person may be a parent, a teacher or any other person you have respect for. I have studied high achievers for over 10 years and one of the things that sets them apart is that they have a strong belief in their own ability to overcome obstacles, and achieve the goal they have set before them.
This makes a lot of sense because without that inner sense that you are capable, it would be impossible to set new records, invent something or set a new trend. Remember if you ask for another person for their opinion of what is possible for you, you may be asking someone who thinks in terms of limitations not in terms of possibilities. Relying on their appraisal of you to get a ‘realistic’ sense of your abilities may cause you to lower your expectations for yourself and live up to an undervalued opinion of what is possible for your life.
If you are doing work that matters, that develops your abilities and places you outside of your comfort zone, the naysayers will always be present with reasons why you shouldn’t. Do it anyway, let the process expand your ability then, show them you can. Being in the game and allowing the process to change you, will increase the size of the things that are possible for you in your life.