I was dragging on the tread mill this morning at a hotel, not having slept well. I decided to cut my run by 10 min. and cut myself some slack, but when I got to the shortened time, I felt nudged to keep going.
My body was telling me to stop, but my brain declared I could do more, “Go further than you think you can today. Push beyond what you have told yourself you can do.” So I did. I kept running. And you know what? I could totally do that 10 more minutes — and more.
How often do we stop short of things because we don’t believe we can? How often are we limited by the boundary lines we have drawn ourselves, never venturing beyond those walls of safety?
I’ve been at the Re-Write Conference for the past couple of days, listening to such giants as Ken Blanchard, Peter Strople, Paul Young, George Barna, Mark Batterson, Mary DeMuth, and several others who are making a big impact in their realms. A common thread is that they propel others forward toward something bigger and greater, outside of the boxes that have been created. They have lived this way themselves, and they encourage others to do likewise.
So, in what area do you need to throw off those bow lines and venture into new waters, leaving the safe harbor of what you know? For me it is in the area of writing. I’ve felt called for a long time to put pen to paper, but for many reasons have not. The timing seems right, and I have untied my rope.
Name one area and commit to spending 15 minutes brainstorming how you can grow. Explore new ways to think about it, and fresh approaches. Refuse to stay the same. REFUSE TO STAY THE SAME. Risk boldly.
The other day my son looked at me and said, “Mom, I’d rather live a life of ‘oh wells’ than ‘what ifs.” Pretty good for a 9 year old.
1. Write down the area in which you’d like to grow
2. Brainstorm ways you can improve in this or reach a specific goal
3. Make a concrete plan
Some questions to consider:
how often will you do it?
what does it look like in your week to fit this in?
do you need to sign up for an event?
do you need an accoutability partner?
how will you make sure you follow through?