It was an extremely hot day. Putting my helmet on (and buckling my chinstrap) I got ready for the whistle. Sweat pouring, muscles aching, was this hell? No, it was JV football practice. Almost to the brink of quitting, my teammate grabbed me by the face mask, looked me right in the eye, and said: you are not quitting! I’ll never forget that moment. It was the day I passed my limit, and it felt good.
We all have gone past our limits before. But what about lately? To me, testing my limits is a personal goal of mine. As we get older, and get busy with day to day activities, it can be easy to do the same things over and over again. By testing your limits, you will gain a broader sense of who you are (not what you thought you were), and you might even surprise yourself.
Start with something that has interested you lately. And here is the key point: don’t set expectations. By setting expectations, your subconscious mind might hinder you from going past your limit. Here’s an example: you have set a goal to do ten pullups, and while you might achieve your goal, you miss out on doing more. By not setting a goal, you might of done 15 (get it?) and thus, go past your limit. Another thing that’s great with limits, is that it can be something either big or small. It can be something as simple as reading a few more pages in a book, or five more minutes on the treadmill.
Once you get into the habit of going past your limit, you will gain momentum. And once you gain momentum, you will discover things about you that you never knew. Our DNA is ingrained with going past our limits. Years ago, people had no choice but to go past their limits. It was either that, or death. Our ancestors were thrust into survival mode, and they constantly had to combat their fears, and forge ahead. Now in 2013, we have lost that ability considerably. We are not fighting for our lives, traveling unknown territory, hunting our own food i.e. Think about how much better your mind and body will be by testing your limits. You will have more self confidence, think better, and handle situations better. People will start to notice, and maybe that will start a ripple effect with more people testing their own limits.
We’ve come pretty far as a species, but just think: if we keep continually pushing ourselves to do more, be more, and give more. Our lives will be better for it. Make a promise to yourself right after reading this. Test yourself; see how far you can go, and keep pushing past your limits.