We come into this world not knowing or understanding limitations.

Ever seen a tot crawl for the first time or take their first steps? It’s the epitome of determination.

No one has told them the task would be monumental and hard. They just know it’s something that they have to do.

And they do it.

As we get older, we put largely self imposed limitations on ourselves.

I’m too stupid. I’m too smart. I’m too tall. I’m too short. I’m too young. I’m too old.

On and on and on.

Once we grasped the concept of the created EGO…these are the shortfalls we encounter, among many others.

But that’s a discussion that’s too deep for the time we have right now.

Let’s focus instead on an amazing woman with an amazing story.

Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt has been blind since age 2.

That hasn’t stopped her from doing some truly incredible things.

Things that are hard enough for people with full vision.

This past weekend Ivonne participated a triathlon in which she swam 450 meters, biked 10 miles, and ran 5 kilometers.

If that wasn’t pretty impressive on its own, she has a long list of other phenomenal achievements.

She’s danced at Lincoln Center.

She’s finished 13 marathons.

She even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.


So…what’s YOUR excuse?

Our excuses seem silly in comparison, don’t they?

I mean, can we really argue we don’t have “time” to go to the gym when a blind woman has climbed Kilimanjaro?

Can we really argue that we can’t get somewhere on “time” because traffic “happened” to us?

Come on now.

The reality is we have all the time we need. The greatest inventors, leaders, artists, and philosophers have all gotten their great achievements accomplished in the same 24 hours allotted to all of us.

And another reality is that 99% of the limitations we face are self imposed.

So remember the story of Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt and cast your excuses to the wind.

And go out there and DO it already. Face in the direction of what you want to achieve and start MOVING.

The finish line is closer than you think.

But it can only be crossed if you take the first steps.