Make it Happen Monday: Push it to the Limit

There’s something that happens with athletes who train at the top of their game.  It’s almost like wiping out of their memory after pushing themselves to the limits.  At that moment of total exhaustion the athlete feels like they never want to endure this feeling again.  They finish training for that day and by the next they have forgotten about it and are ready to push themselves again.

It’s been brought to my attention in the area of sports, but I’m sure similar scenarios happen in other disciplines as well.  Actually, I know it happens.  This tiny neuron in the brain is the decisive factor between being good and being incredible.

Try pushing yourself to the absolute limit whether it is in sport, business, or any other discipline of your life.  Get to the point where it becomes tough…then push through until it’s really hard…push a little harder until you feel you can’t take it…then push it just a little further.  I guarantee you’ll go from absolute pain to absolute gratification in a matter of seconds.

“Everybody wants to know what I’m on. What am I on? I’m on my bike busting my ass six hours a day. What are you on? “

-Lance Armstong

  • Bob

    Perfect timing to read this post, for me anyway. This past Saturday, I was determined to ride 60 miles – more than 20 miles longer than I had gone all year so far – so that I might be “ready” for the 68-mi Minnesota Gran Fondo (MGF) ride this Sunday. At 45 miles, I was spent. But I kept pushing. Up the hills and against the wind. Borrowing a phrase from Dorie (from Finding Nemo), I told myself to “just keep peddling, just keep peddling.” I reminded myself that I was already “winning” as I have gone further than I have previously this year. When I finally got home, it was 60.05 mi. I was exhausted. And sore. But oh so satisfied! Now, bring on the MGF!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Fantastic Bob….congratulations on battling through it.

  • Gregory Heil

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Darryl

      Awesome….I hope you had a great ride today, Greg.

  • DareToBecome

    Wow is this sure timely for me. Something else I’m learning that is very interesting – each time we think we’ve pushed ourselves to the absolute limit, I’m not sure we really have….maybe just for that day ;-)

    • Darryl

      Exactly….and I know you are one person who is always pushing it to the limit. Keep up the great and inspiring work.