“When you’ve hit your limit, push just an inch farther. In no time you will have traveled a mile.”

“When you’ve hit your limit, push just an inch farther. In no time you will have traveled a mile.”

Keep Going

Humans are very resilient creatures. We are capable of doing unbelievable things. Limits that we previously thought were limits become milestones in passing when we keep pushing ourselves just a bit further. There are many forces that hold us back, but no force is greater than the force that we apply to ourselves to pull us back from achieving things we know we can achieve. But that same pull back, can be a push forward.

Challenge yourself to keep pushing just a little bit longer. The next time you are exercising, push yourself an extra minute. The next time you are studying, push yourself an extra 5 minutes. The next time you are working, push yourself an extra 15 minutes. We think we’ve hit our limits, pushed ourselves as far as we could go. But somehow, if we can push just a little bit further, we realize we’ve not hit our limits and that we are capable of so much more.

Our limitations are often constructs of ourselves. Its easier to tell ourselves we can’t do more because it makes it easy to ignore responsibility. The path of least resistance is simply to admit that we are incapable of more. Maybe these limits are based off an external source (like someone telling you that you can’t do something), and maybe they have internal sources (a failure that we ourselves experienced). But the key to overcoming this limit has to stem from within (although, supportive friends and family are a significant asset as well).

Don’t sell yourself short. You are capable of more than you know, and much more than you believe. Dare yourself to break your own boundaries. Defy yourself to achieve the things you never thought were possible. All you have to do is push just a little bit more to discover that limits can become the limitless.

Energizer Bunny


2 thoughts on ““When you’ve hit your limit, push just an inch farther. In no time you will have traveled a mile.”

  1. The Golden Mean of Aristotle acts as a warning of keeping to a middle way between extremes. Yes, to transgress a limit to progress is good, but always a natural limit exists that if breached can lead to more harm than good. An example is I can run a good time, but I could push beyond a certain limit and injure myself.

    1. A very valid point which requires knowing yourself enough to be able to gauge the potential harm to see if its worth it. Interestingly enough, the entry was inspired by doing 5 more pushups when I was sure I couldn’t do one more, though 20 more would have destroyed me.

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