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8 Steps To Push Past Your Limits When You Think You've Hit Them
Sometimes, when it comes to achievement, our biggest enemy is ourselves. "We have an infinite capacity as human beings to tell ourselves stories, and the most important one we tell ourselves is about ourselves," says performance coach Jennifer Lea, director of client relations at Johnson & Johnson's Human Performance Institute.

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Make Some Space

Give yourself periods for resting and thinking so you’re not overwhelmed by the constant challenge and lose motivation. By taking breaks, you’ll be better able to perform and come up ...

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Learn From Losses

While overcoming your limitations, you’ll likely experience failure and you should scour those for lessons. 

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Use a Little Healthy Imitation

It can be beneficial to find a role model and engage in some healthy imitation. Done well, it can give you some confidence.

You shouldn’t copy everything about the person. But n...

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Ask For Help

To gain confidence, you may need help to get fresh perspectives, training, or mentorship.

You may also find it useful to create a small community who support you in your go...

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Build Confidence

Set small goals and action items to move you toward your goal and celebrate those small accomplishments along the way. Celebrating the small wins is critical because otherwise...

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Accept The Discomfort

Pushing towards your goals can make you feel vulnerable or afraid of failing. But you must resist the temptation to stop if you want to succeed.

Your brain is constantly trying to keep you...

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Get In Touch With Your Motivations

Think where you are now and where you want to be to feel fulfilled to get a general direction in which to move forward.
Ask yourself the following questions:
  • What helps you find ...

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“They” Language

When your beliefs refer to an ambiguous “they, ” there’s a good sign that they’re manufactured and not real. Statements like, “They’ll never give me a shot, ” or, “They’re going to know I’m ...

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Decades of Wrong Beliefs

Productivity requires continuous output, while creativity is a non-linear, messy, disjointed process that needs to be unstructured.

We have decades of exposure to historical and cultural beliefs on how work should be and what it means to be successful, so it is hard for us to understand creativity.

Ignite The Fire

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Take the time to expose yourself in diverse subjects, things that inspire you and dissolve boundaries can foster creativity. Identify and let go of wrong beliefs and outdated stories you tell yourself every day.

Look Out For “They” Language

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Fake It ‘Till You Make It

It can be beneficial to find a role model and engage in some healthy imitation. Done well, it can give you some confidence.

You shouldn’t copy everything about the person. But notice how they act and try mimicking their successful habits until you can adapt them to your own style. 

Build In Recovery Time

Desperation can drive you to push constantly against the boundaries constraining you. But, to avoid burning out, it may be better to tackle your limitations in pulses, with adequate time to reflect and recover between each bout of intense effort.

Pain management

A study done at Keele University in the U.K. measured the effects swearing had on pain tolerance. They found that we can withstand more pain when using profanity.

Swearing triggers the fi...

It improves your workout

One study found that participants who swore saw a 2 to 4 percent increase in performance and an 8 percent boost in strength compared to those who kept their mouths shut.

Cursing diverts your attention, which makes you work harder than if you were only focusing on how tough the workout is.

It releases stress

When we complain or vent without cursing, we are keeping ourselves in check and don't totally release all feelings.

Cursing can be an effective emotional release. Our whole body and all emotions are connected with no filter.

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