Pushing Your Limits

I've never been one to shy away from testing my limits.  As I get older, I find myself pushing myself personally, physically and professionally more than I have in the past. I think part of it comes from wanting to show my kids by example and it seems like it has rubbed off on them. All three of them compete at high levels academically and athletically, a son and daughter in swimming and a son currently playing Division I football. There are so many people that are afraid to leave their comfort zone. They are content to drift through life and as the world changes they make the changes that the world dictates to them. One of the biggest deathbed regrets people have is, I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself. Going for the career you really wanted instead of the practical one, furthering your education, keeping yourself physically healthy. All of these require you to push yourself out of your comfort zone and do something. 

 There are benefits to pushing yourself and here are a few of them:

  • Instead of waiting for life to happen to you, you're taking life into your own hands.
  • By setting goals and following through with them, you are able to move ahead.
  • By challenging yourself on a regular basis you are better able to meet life's challenges.
  • Instead of changing when the world changes, you are initiating the change.
  • You no longer have a ceiling on your potential.

The question is how do you go about pushing yourself and succeeding at it? Here are some of the ways people have done it:

  • Find something that inspires you to reach your goals.
  • Work on your weaknesses. With weakness, there are limits.
  • Push till you can't push anymore. Don't leave anything in the tank.
  • See how others reached the goals you are trying to reach.
  • Find someone that can encourage you to push.
  • Don't confine yourself to what you can already do. Take on a little more.

 Sometimes it's hard to overcome when you come up against your limits. Sometimes you have to crawl under barbed wire and crawl through mud to get to the finish line (I thank the photographer for making me look badass in that pic!). Once you get through it, you can have a cold beer and savor the moment.  Then you plan for your next challenge. Life is not a spectator sport. It's meant to be played at the highest possible level you can. Good luck in surpassing your limits!