What Are Rims?
WHAT ARE YOUR RIM'S?
IT’S YOUR PERSONAL GLASS CEILING, THE LIMIT OR barrier that represents the level above which you will not succeed. Your rim is the sum of what you believe you can achieve and what your environment says you can achieve. The good news is that your rim is a moveable target. You can elevate it and break through to new heights. The bad news is that you can also inadvertently lower it as you shrink yourself and your aspirations to fit the negativity in and around you.
TYPES OF RIMS
· Psychological Rims: Basking in your comfort zone is the most deadly of all psychological rims. Your comfort zone can become your personal rim, and it happens in your head—between your ears. That’s where you keep all your excuses and complaints, reasons why you didn’t try or didn’t become successful at something, and reasons you didn’t achieve something or quit something. This internal monologue of misery and justification is the substance of your psychological rim
· Environmental Rims: Environmental rims are external; they can include your job, your neighborhood, and the negative people around you.
· Psychological Barriers Are Worse Than Environmental Barriers: The psychological barrier is far worse because it manifests itself internally, and that can cause more long-term damage. Your environment can get better, and you can change your environment, but if you’re damaged internally, you can be living a silent war between your ears that can hold you back forever.
· Step One: Identify Your Psychological Rim and Comfort Zone: Identify those elements in your comfort zone that might be holding you back from achieving a higher level
· Step Two: Contrast Step One with Where Your Life Is: Are you where you want to be? Make three columns on a piece of paper;
· Step Three: Define and Categorize Your Psychological vs. Environmental Rims: Separate your excuses in column three into categories. Category one should be psychological, those represented by your comfort zone, and these happen in your head.
· Step Four: Wake-Up Call: Time to compare the two rims and identify reality vs. fabrication. Understanding why you haven’t achieved your goal may shock you when you separate emotion from fact.