Pushing Your Limits

I've always been more of a night hawk because: 1. it sounds way cooler than early bird, and 2. my body naturally doesn't like mornings. With that said, I find that my favourite time to work out is early in the morning. It’s a love-hate relationship with normally more hate than love.

However, if you’re looking to push yourself to get in better shape, there are things that you have to do that you won't want to do. Below is what has worked for me. Be motivated!

1.       Picture yourself at the end
Do a little day dreaming. If you’re going to climb a mountain, think of the view at the top, not the painful steps to get there. That’s what makes it worth the climb.

Life will test you. But remember when you climb a mountain your legs get stronger.
— Unknown

2.       Use the Jerry Seinfeld trick
Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most famous comedians hands down, and before he came famous, he used to write a new joke every-single-day. He did this by putting an “X” on his calendar when he wrote a new joke that day. This was his accountability. Seeing an unbroken chain of X’s is motivating in itself.

To me, if life boils down to one thing, is movement. To live is to keep moving.
— Jerry Seinfeld

3.       Start with small wins
Start with a goal that you know you can easily accomplish. Maybe it’s saying you’ll run a total of 5 kms over a 7 day period. Chances are you’ll run way more!

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
— Martin Luther King Jr.

4.       Tell someone about your goal 
Tell someone what you’re planning to do and you’ll start to feel like you own it. Have nobody to tell? You could tell me by writing it in the comment section below!

As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend
— King Solomon

5.       Pat yourself on the back
It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come. It’s easy to just focus on the task ahead. Make sure you take time to remind yourself how far you’ve come!

No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on their couch.
— Unknown

You can accomplish more than you think. Now get out there and make it happen!


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