Push Past Your Limits
by Samantha Davis
To the student falling asleep while studying at 2 A.M. To the single parent who spent 12 hours at work then comes home to take care of their kids alone. To the newcomer training for a marathon. To the entrepreneur clocking into their business right after clocking out of their 9 to 5. Keep going, you’ve got more fight in you than you know.
We have all been there at some point. The moment of pure exhaustion. The feeling of the world on your shoulders starting to crush you beneath it. I’m here to tell you that even when you feel like throwing in the towel, you’ve still got more to give! David Goggins, a former Navy Seal, says that we only perform at 40% of our capabilities. When we reach that 40%, we’re tired and ready to stop.
Pushing past your limits starts with fortifying your mind.
You need to teach yourself discipline in order to do the work even when you don’t feel like it. You’ll also need to change your thoughts, adapting more positive ones to keep yourself motivated. Discipline and positive thinking not only help you get the job done, but they also promote consistency. Consistency is key when trying to accomplish goals or build new habits.
You must take care of yourself in order to push past your limits.
While training the mind is the first and most important step, it can’t help you run properly if your body isn’t healthy. Food is fuel for the body. If your diet mainly consists of fast food, quick processed meals, and junk food, your body will feel run down, you’ll be groggy, and unable to put in the work required.
Take the phrase “you are what you eat” literally. Every 30 days our bodies create new cells from the foods we eat. Eating healthy gives us the nutrition we need to sustain. Exercise gives us the stamina and energy needed to get work done.
Pushing past your limits is difficult, but the reward is worth it.
Imagine finishing college, seeing your child get an A after you stayed up to help them, or when your business starts to take off. Moments that are worth the work, worth the long nights, worth the sacrifice. Life is short, we never know what day is going to be our last so let’s give it everything we’ve got!
We often throw in the towel too soon, cutting it early, or putting it off until tomorrow. The excuses we tell ourselves may even be valid. But the long nights can’t compare to the regret felt once you can no longer pursue your passion.
About the Author
My name is Samantha. I live in North West, Ohio with my son. I am an Autism mom, blogger, writer, and entrepreneur. Hobbies of mine include cooking, listening to music, walking outdoors, and working out.
My blog/ business, Soulful Success, was created to inspire others to achieve their best versions of themselves. I believe that everyone has what it takes to become successful, no matter what that definition may be for them. Furthermore, I want to inform and aid others in understanding self-wellness, and its importance when discussing success.
You can read Samantha’s “The Soul Spot” column on 3rd Thursday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.