Does the Limit Really Exist? (How to Realize your Endless Potential)
I’m sure we all recognize a Mean Girls GIF when we see one. What an awesome part in the movie, right? Cady answers the final question correctly in the math competition, and her high school mathlete team takes home the title!
But that’s not the important part. What’s important is what comes right before she answers the question. Cady approaches her competitor, Ms. Caroline Kraft, who “seriously needed to pluck her eyebrows” and wipe the cheap lip gloss off her front tooth.
But then Cady immediately recognizes, making fun of Caroline Kraft wouldn’t stop Ms. Kraft from answering the math question correctly. And it was at that moment that Cady realized, “all you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.”
Then that’s when she says it… “The limit does not exist!”
No Limits, No Worries
Think about your goals. Maybe one of them is to run a 5 km race in a time of 20 minutes. The “problem” you now need to solve is “how do I run 5 km in 20 minutes?” And the obvious answer: train.
So you train hard for 3 months and end up reaching your goal – woohoo! But then what…? Well, option (1) you maintain the same training methods to maintain a 20 minute time for next race; or option (2) you give yourself another problem to solve – you decide to crank your training up a notch and shoot to make a time of 19 minutes and 55 seconds for the next race.
That’s what I love about being limitless – once you reach a goal, you can push harder to reach a more difficult goal. You are completely capable of getting out of your own way, and working to solve the new problem in front of you.
And if you are ever doubting yourself, remember this phrase:
“You can do anything!”
…wait, what!? You think that’s a cheesy and unrealistic statement?! Hmmm… I think not.
Maybe that statement is just a fact. Maybe the problem is you don’t believe in yourself enough to understand that fact as true.
Well I think it is true. What’s more, I think that if you are a human being, the improvements you can make everyday and the problems you can solve everyday are limitless.
Your Limit Does Not Exist
What do you think it means to be limitless? And in what sense can a human being truly be limitless?
Let’s break down the answers to those questions:
To be limitless is to recognize who you are today, and then recognize that you can be so much more tomorrow (and more the day after that, and more after that … you get the picture).
Now in what sense can you be limitless? Well that answer is interesting for the following reason. You see, most people immediately answer the question with “we have limits because we are human”. Most people think, because we are human, we just can’t do certain things (for example, flapping our arms so hard that we fly, or growing a fury coat to keep us warm in the winter). However, an answer like that tells me you don’t truly understand the power of being limitless; because an answer like that simply focuses on physical abilities.
So to answer my earlier question: we are limitless in the sense of our mental capabilities, not our physical abilities.
The Proof is in the Pudding
Think about every time you trained or studied for something. If it was a race, maybe you achieved a personal best time. If it was a test, maybe you got a 90% and scored the highest in the class.
Whatever it was, you were successful because you worked hard.
Now here’s something to think about: what if you worked harder? What if you used your capabilities to take you further next time around?
Let’s start with the example of writing a test. “Hold on Ella! I have no plans on taking the EXACT SAME test twice. So then how can I tell if I’ve pushed myself to new limits the second time around?”
That is a valid question.
But you have to remember, your limitless potential has nothing to do with answering a multiple choice question correctly, and EVERYTHING to do with HOW you go about answering that question.
Think about it, even standardized tests like the MCAT, LSAT, and SAT use a variety of questions across each individual test. But what is similar for each test is 1) knowledge testing 2) analytical testing 3) and communication testing. So if you focus your studying to improve those 3 areas, it is likely you will improve your test scores regardless of the questions being asked.
So let’s say you want to read test questions quicker. If you simply physically try to read as fast as you can, you probably won’t see much improvement. Alternatively, if you use your mental capacity to research ways to read faster and implement them on a daily basis (ex. using your finger to guide you as you read), you will start to notice improvements.
Think about the hundreds of thousands of people who, over history have said, “I have no idea how to do this”… and then thought and thought and until they figured that sh*t out!
Think about all the athletes in history who have set world record after world record. It seems there is always a new and better way to train.
Whether it was Einstein, Napoleon, Federer, or Musk all those people had to use their mental capacity to solve their problems.
So if you want to take advantage of your limitless potential, you need to be able to think your way out of difficult situations.
Defy the Odds
Can you picture your limit? Can you aactually visualize a moment where you are working hard but cannot work any harder?
If you just said “yes”, you are limiting yourself! Here’s the thing about being limitless: potential exists in the future and limits exist in the past.
If you can visualize your highest potential, you believe there is an end point. You believe there is a point you will reach and never be able to move past.
So if you want to visualize your highest potential without turning it into an end point destination, here’s one of my absolute favourite tips:
Your highest potential is just a dust door.
So if you hit that 20 minute record in the 5 km race, in that moment you might believe you reached your highest potential. But as soon as you knock on that door, POOF it disappears!
And once you have no door in your way, you continue to set more difficult goals. You continue push yourself to a new level because you are thinking smarter not harder.
That’s why the #YearofYou mantra is so powerful. Because it truly embraces the power of being limitless. Each day, you can truly take another step toward making the next 365 days the best you’ve ever experienced.
So as always, I hope you have a happy Monday, and don’t forget to make this the #YearOfYou!
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