The only thing that restricts us is us, we know it deep down, yet it still happens all the time.
The thing is, it is our mind that sabotages us, so we think of ways to stop it.
Therein lies the challenge, thinking is in the mind, so we are trying to use our minds to overcome our minds.
The only way to stop restricting ourselves is, to stop thinking.
Easier said than done, well perhaps not. If we become conscious in the moment and simply witness our thoughts without energising them, they dissolve and we are free from the mind.
Again, like everything in life, it is a choice, we can choose to stay stuck, stuck in our thoughts and minds, being restricted by ourselves or we can choose to break free.
Be the silent witness.
The past is exactly that, the past, it no longer exists except for the image and memory associated with that image inside our heads.
Simply because an outcome happened in a particular way a week ago, a month ago, or 5 years ago, does not mean that is what will happen now.
It may happen the same way if we listen to the mind and allow it to control our thoughts, emotions, reactions and actions. If we allow things to be, act according to the situation now and use our mind creatively instead of it possessing us destructively using the past as the only guide, then the outcome will be what will be now not what happened before.
The past is not the guide to what you will do or achieve now. Now is the moment and our focus on that is what matters.