Sometimes I have to borrow limits. They aren’t mine, and I promise I won’t keep them. These limits are unfamiliar and awkward, but I have heard that I need them. That they can help me achieve my goals. But wait, how am I going to achieve my goals if these limits make me quit a workout or stop when there is pain. These limits have no backbone, no will power. These limits hold me back.
I have been like this my whole life. Running the 400 meters at Nationals with a broken foot when I was 12. Finishing my first half marathon with a torn ligament in my foot. Setting my half marathon PR of 1:29:17 when I was on antibiotics for a lower respiratory infection. These are not achievements. These are illustrations showing why I must borrow limits. Praise is oftentimes given more to those who don’t quit, who push themselves to their breaking point, who fight through horrendous pain, but showing restraint can take just as much strength, just as much will power, and just as much courage. It takes strength and discipline to complete challenging training, and it takes strength and discipline to stop and rest. This is a new concept that I am beginning to accept. I still don’t like it, but I believe it will help me succeed.
When I feel like I need to borrow limits, I remind myself that when they hold me back, my body will heal, and after a day or two, I will be 100% again and back on my way to achieving my goals.
Use limits to succeed.
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