5 Ways to Transcend our own Limitations

Philosophy professor and textbook author Jensen DG. Mañebog offers the following five ways or suggestions to transcend our own limitations (Mañebog, 2013):

1. Be optimistic

Achieving transcendence is not to allow our self to be affected by our own self-imposed limitations and negative thoughts.
Without constantly checking them, our thoughts may limit our perspective and faculties, especially if pessimism is deeply embedded in our mind. The key is to examine carefully our own thoughts and strive to suspend or counter disbelief.

2. Set realistic goals and targets

Transcending oneself entails having something to aim for. Goals can shun bad attitudes and habits, improve physical and mental health, keep away harmful stresses, and make you allot more time to studying or focusing on work and have less time in using cellphone.
Targets can be potent motivation that when we achieve an improvement, we are inspired to raise the target. Requiring fortitude and diligence, transcendence involves not giving up even if goals towards improvement are hard.

3. Be committed

Do not expect half-hearted endeavors to produce transcendence. What it takes is being fully committed and being able to concentrate on worthy undertakings.
Concentration is the capacity to focus on certain things. Our attention is normally scattered and thus our energy is likewise dispersed. But when we learn to concentrate, we will gain dedicated focus and our self-improvement will come naturally.

4. Learn new things

Learning is like a muscle that can be exercised and developed. The more we continue to use our mind, the easier learning will be for us.
We must examine in which areas we could do more and which aspects of our life we would like to transcend. Possessing an adventurous and exploratory spirit can make a world of difference in self-discovery and self-improvement.

5. Be positively unique

Going with the flow may be convenient but is not always good on some currents. If all we do is go with the flow, we will be caught in the crosscurrents or go over a cascade.
We need a sense of direction and we need to row, too. We also have no obligation to listen to critics’ negativity, doubts, suspicions, and disbelief.
Dispensing with negativity results in being free to aim for the highest and the best we can be … continue reading
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