“You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.”
Those are really just two options for discovering your limits of how capable and strong you are. You can either wait until life pushes you into having no choice but to discover it, or you can willingly push yourselves to attempt things that extend beyond what you are currently doing.
Unfortunately it’s super easy to get stuck in a rut of doing the same old-same ole each day…we get caught up in a routine of tackling that which we are already comfortable doing that doesn’t push us to go beyond that. There we simply coast along until life throws us a curve ball and forces us to go in directions outside our comfort zone.
Wouldn’t it be better to push ourselves beyond our own limits without waiting for circumstances to force us there?
I believe it’s always better when we can do it on our own. Which is why, years ago, I made myself a checklist of what it takes doing daily if I want to excel. It reads:
*Wake up each morning with a desire to be more than you were yesterday
*Decide to do and accomplish more each day then what you did yesterday
*Don’t allow any excuses that hold you back from making progress today
*Believe in your ability to be much more today than you were yesterday
*No more procrastinating – START NOW!
I try to live by that list because I understand it is only when we venture into the territory outside our comfort zone that we discover all that the human spirit is capable of – it is here we learn we are capable of doing and becoming more in life than we ever imagined.
Each of us has incredible potential to excel. If we want to excel sooner than later then we’ve got to be willing to take the initiative to push our own limits. We can’t passively wait for life to force us to venture outside our comfort zone – we must do it ourselves! And as we do we will find it is far more gratifying when we take the initiative to discover just how capable and strong we actually are.
~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )