Yesterday we posted on how fear and self-handicapping can hold us back from experiencing the most optimism possible. Another component of self-handicapping is limiting ourselves based on the perceptions/expectations that others have of us. If we believe (and are treated this way by others) that we are limited by a certain script that other people have written for us, we disrupt our total optimism potential fulfilment capacity.
Here is an example of someone who hasn't let the perceptions and expectations of others inhibit her from reaching total optimism fulfilment capacity! Meet Margaret McKenzie McAlpine, a 104 year old Scottish woman who just set the new Guinness World Record for the oldest person to ever paraglide!
Margaret, or Peggy as she is known by friends, completed a tandem paraglide over the Republic of Cyprus on April 14, 2012. Daring adventure and extreme sports are not new to Peggy: in 2007 she set the previous record for oldest person to paraglide (she was 100 at the time!) and actually took up extreme sports at the tender age of 80 when she completed her first bungee jump!
Check it out:
Has this video shed any new light on how you might be self-handicapping yourself, or kowtowing to other people's scripts for your life? How will you move forward with optimism in order to achieve your goals and realize your own total optimism potential?