Episode #125 Push Your Limits

We are capable of so much more than we could ever imagine, and our limits are much further away than we think. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and online health coach Ricky May share their thoughts on hard work and the effort required to achieve our full potential.

Show Notes

I knew that I was either going to do a bunch of drugs, jump off a bridge, or channel all of this craziness into something healthy. So I ran a marathon.
Ricky May

Three Problems

  • Everything we want in life is on the other side of hard.
  • It is easy to do easy things and hard to do hard things.
  • We will inevitably slip into mediocrity unless we remain alert and intentional.

Seven Principles

  • If we are going to be anxious even while we coast, we might as well be anxious while we push our limits.
  • Anxiety decreases as energy, enthusiasm, and initiative increase.
  • The accomplishment of one difficult and daunting task often inspires and motivates us for the next time around.
  • The achievement of any goal requires both intentionality to start and tenacity to see it through to the end.
  • Sometimes pushing our limits requires us first to create boundaries.
  • We can intentionally push our limits not only in the physical dimension of life but in the other eleven dimensions as well.
  • A large amount of initial effort will get us moving, and a smaller amount of consistent effort will keep us moving.

The Pathway to Pushing Our Limits

  • Leadership
  • Identity
  • Mindset
  • Intentionality
  • Tenacity
  • Sacrifice

Five Practices

  • When you feel stuck, stagnant, or doubt your ability to succeed, practice 5 minutes of massive effort or 10 days of tenacity.
  • Instead of focusing on achieving balance in life, focus on developing rhythms and routines.
  • When you feel the temptation to do something dramatic and dangerous, channel that energy into doing something intensely healthy.
  • Aim to lay your head on your pillow each night feeling exhausted and proud of a hard day’s work.
  • Identify an area in life where you are coasting, and consider how to exert massive effort into this area.