Yes, it’s possible to achieve what you didn’t think was possible
5 simple yet powerful ways to push yourself past your limits
“All limits are self-imposed.” — Icarus, a famous figure in Greek mythology
Growth only comes from pushing the limits.
If you are not challenging yourself to do bigger and better things, you won’t grow in your personal and professional life.
“Accept no limits. Just do it.” — Nike
Growth comes from pushing the limits of what you think is possible. It’s about expanding your skills, expertise, and knowledge.
Some people don’t know how to push themselves to the next level and stay within the confines of daily activities. They stay where they are and don’t make progress.
“You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them.” — Anonymous
Pushing past your limits is about tackling new, incrementally harder daily challenges. If you don’t push past your limits, you won’t know how far you can go and what you can achieve in your life.
Here are five simple yet powerful ways to push yourself past your limits.
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1. Address Your Mindset
“The only limits that exist are the ones in your own mind.” — Anonymous
Your mindset boils down to your mind over matter. It is easy to avoid pushing yourself. It is to avoid doing things you don’t believe are possible. It is easy to think you can’t accomplish something.
The ability to push yourself to the max doesn’t come easy to many people. Limiting beliefs hold many people back. For example, people didn’t believe you could run under a four-minute mile until Roger Bannister broke the record. Now it is consistently broken.
Our minds are influential, and everything we do starts with our brains. Our limiting mindset is in our heads. To push past your limits, you must address your mindset and turn it into a growth mindset.
You can’t push past your limits if you don’t have the right mindset. Ask yourself why you don’t think X is possible, don’t think you can accomplish Y, or think Z is out of reach. Reevaluate your mindset and realize it all starts and ends with your mind.
2. Know Your Passion
“You only know yourself when you go beyond your limits.” — Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian lyricist and novelist
Your motivation is key to pushing beyond your limits. You can improve your chances of success when you know your passion.
Your passion will help you take your limits head-on. It will help you give the energy and fuel you need to push past them. You can increase your performance and achieve success when you are passionate and motivated.
You will not go beyond your limits if you don’t love what you are doing. Find out what you love to do and what you were meant to do with your life. When you know your passion, you can push past your limits.
3. Set SMART Goals
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” — Les Brown, an American politician and motivational speaker
One of the best ways to go beyond your limits is by setting SMART goals. SMART means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
Specific means your goals are clearly defined; measurable means you put metrics on your plan; achievable means you can realistically accomplish it; relevant implies that it is meaningful to you; and time-bound is about a deadline.
By setting aggressive goals, you can push your limits. Setting SMART goals will help you reach attainable goals that don’t limit your progress. Your SMART goals are your “north star” or compass, so you don’t lose your way while changing your life for the better.
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4. Embrace Failure
“It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed. You only have to be right once.” — Mark Cuban, an American billionaire entrepreneur and TV personality
Pushing past your boundaries is about failure. It’s about facing it and not being afraid of failing. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, said he failed 10,000 times before he was successful with his inventions.
How you approach failure will determine if you can push past your limits. Failure is part of growth, and many people don’t acknowledge that failure is part of success. Don’t be ashamed of failure and feel like you did something wrong; think of failure as one step closer to success.
The sooner you embrace failure, the sooner you will push beyond your limits. Failure is helpful and valuable because you learned. Learning is part of the process of being successful in reaching past your limits.
5. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
“Either push your limits or suffocate in your comfort zone.” — Arun Purang, a writer, speaker, and consultant
You must identify what boundaries can push and when you push your limits, you will feel discomfort. Discomfort is good. You can’t grow when you are comfortable with your daily routine.
It would help if you got comfortable being uncomfortable. To grow, you must challenge yourself to do new things that feel uncomfortable. You’ll feel more comfortable when you do it over time.
Every successful person was once a beginner. You may need to reevaluate your mindset if you can’t step outside your comfort zone.
By putting yourself in unfamiliar situations, you embrace the “the suck.” The Navy SEALs have a “40% rule” that says when they think they can’t do more, they have only gone 40%, and they have 60% more left to give.
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Bringing It All Together
There are five simple yet powerful ways to push yourself past your limits. Address your mind, know your passion, set SMART goals, embrace failure, and get comfortable being uncomfortable.
It’s possible to achieve the impossible when you push past your limits. Anything is possible if you have a dream and are motivated to achieve it. It starts by understanding your limitations are self-imposed and restricting, and you can push yourself past them.
“Limits like fears are often just an illusion.” — Michael Jordan, an American businessman and former professional basketball player
CONTRIBUTED BY Matthew Royse
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