It was about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. A typical Sunday in Trinidad…sunny, yet cool and windy as I made my way from home to the park. I was thrilled to finally be back home after a bit of a hiatus and surprisingly eager to go for a run since I hadn’t done any cardio in a couple of weeks. The goal was set to run for at least 20 minutes. Any distance would be acceptable but I expected to complete about 3-3.5 kilometres.
I was off!
One kilometre completed! Two kilometres completed! Three! Four! And finally Five! Running a 5k was a goal I had set for myself months ago and it was something I had intended to work towards. But I had neglected doing serious training for it and had serious doubts about my ability to complete it. The most I’d ever run was just over 3k and it took longer than it took me to run the 5k! I completed the 5k in just over 23 minutes. It’s not the greatest time but that run provided me with valuable lessons about being successful and achieving your goals.
We all place these limitations on ourselves- physically and mentally. I can’t pass all of these exams. I can’t lift weights that heavy. I can’t find a job. I can’t run that far. I can never make a million dollars. I can’t run my own business. I can’t stop a red man from taking my girl (just a little joke for red men haters). Whatever you tell yourself, whatever doubt you create in your mind so that you don’t have to push yourself through all the pain and suffering, NONE OF IT IS TRUE!!
The human mind and body are LIMITLESS and YOU have the potential to be UNSTOPPABLE! After running the 5k and doing some stretches, I felt like I could run another. After all this time I was telling myself I couldn’t do it, when in fact I could do much much more! This is what we do because we are lazy and we like things that come easily. We don’t want to struggle and fight through adversity. We don’t want to realize that we are capable of achieving absolutely anything because then that adds to the pressure and expectation that’s placed on us. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson
But we all face a choice in this life. Choice 1: play it safe, listen to all the self-doubt you’ve created and remain unsuccessful; or Choice 2: ignore all the doubt (internal and external), accept that there is no limit to what you can do physically and mentally, and achieve all the success you’ve ever dreamed of! What will you choose?
You do not know the limit to your abilities. I REPEAT, YOU DO NOT KNOW THE LIMIT TO YOUR ABILITIES!!
You have conned yourself into believing that you are incapable of doing the things you dream about because of where you come from, or because of the grades you got, or because everyone around you is encouraging you to settle for much less.
The truth is you can only discover your true physical limit after you have completely conquered your mind. Because of your innate survival instinct, you mind will always encourage you to take the safe option- the option free of risk, but also the one without the reward you truly want. Your mind is always telling you to sleep a little longer, to stop running after 10 minutes, that you’re too tired to exercise today, or that you’re not going to find a job so why even bother trying.
We must develop the habit of ignoring the voice of doubt coming from within. We must go beyond every barrier that exists in our mind. Nobody, not even you, knows the true limit of your abilities. So the next time you’re working, exercising, studying or doing any task that requires maximum effort, do not give in to the voice telling you to quit! Do not stop when you are tired; stop when you’re finished. Push until you achieve all your goals, and then push some more!!
“Let everyone else call your idea crazy…just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where ‘there’ is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop”- Phil Knight, Nike