Knowing your Limits


Photo: Climbing a fallen tree.

“The only real limitation on your abilities is the level of your desires. If you want it badly enough, there are no limits on what you can achieve.”

Were you often told as a kiddo to be careful climbing that tree, or to think realistically in a certain situation as an adult?  But what if you don’t?  What happens if you climbed the tree? Well, you either fall or you don’t. And if you fall – you get back up. If you don’t fall – you keep going, which is the same result if you fall, you just get there sooner. Both have the same result it seems.

So, you have this dream to become something great – we all do!  My dreams may be different from others, but they are dreams, goals, and ambitions nonetheless.  But have you ever considered your limits?

My dreams were always manifested out of other peoples thoughts or opinions about me or what I should do. Never did I pick my path based on what I wanted in my heart.  So even after being told I was going to be a great runner and could reach the goals I set for myself, was that what I truly, in my heart, wanted?  I think if i wanted it enough, for sure!

I finally stopped thinking about what ‘should be’ and started to think realistically about the unrealistic….what ‘could be.’  All of a sudden my goals morphed and I was able to see my limits. I’m not a road runner! I don’t even like it all that much! But I do love nature and the trails.  hmmm. I could take my road skills to the trails and reach the unrealistic, the what “could be.” I don’t have limits on the trails; I don’t have to be someone I’m not; I can just smile and enjoy it for me. It’s a peace that I think many athletes find when they are finally in love with their sport.

Tapping into why you run is key, though. Is it an outlet for something? Is it filling a void? Is it just simply to stay healthy?  Know your limits.  Running becomes an incredible thing when you know why you are doing something, and what is holding you back from being the best you can be.  So, you can choose to be the kid that doesn’t climb the tree or climb the tree…both land you in the same spot, but with the possibility of an incredible experience.  What are your limits?



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