[Without going into too much detail] I normally start with a jog at speed 5 on the treadmill and gradually work my way up to a 9 or 10 with interval sprints. This time, I decided to start at a 6 speed. A tenth of a mile in, I felt like I needed to stop soon so I did a quick mental scan; my ankle was okay and my breathing was controlled. So I kept going and by the end of the 30 minutes, I had gone further than I last tracked [I track my distance each time to beat my last recorded distance]. When I realized by how much I had beat my last distance, it occurred to me...
This happens so many times in life. We build these little boxes in our mind which dictate the extent of our ability to do one thing or another. And they seem perfectly plausible to us coz we created them and we have the matching excuse to justify every square inch of the box. And it doesn't matter how many motivational speakers or inspirational books tell us we can achieve anything we put our minds to; these boxes stand the test of time.
Here's the bottom line: if you determine in your mind that you can't do something, you'll never do it. But it won't be because you can't do it. It'll simply be because you decided not to do it.
Is there something in your life that you're really not satisfied with? Is there an area where you know you really could do better? Did you set a goal for yourself and then settle for something less? Is there a resolution that keeps topping your list each year?
Identify every area this applies to. I can think of six things off the top of my head, for myself (yikes). It's like doing resolutions in the middle of the year, but it's a lot better than regretting at the end of the year. Set your desired end goal or result, map out a detailed plan to achieve it and go for it. Challenge all those excuses; others before you have overcome the same and even much worse, and like I often heard growing up, they didn't have two heads. Track your progress, celebrate the milestones and keep going! Kick those boxes down and live your life to the fullest!