When “Enough” Isn’t Enough: Push Yourself Further

It seems to be an epidemic in today’s society to just do “enough”. We do exactly as much as we need to in order to get by, to get the grade, to satisfy the boss. We’ve become complacent with good enough and society has accepted mediocre as the new norm. In the generation of the entitled, we seem to search for the path of least resistance to get to what we want, and often sacrifice bigger goals and aspirations for the sake of just reaching something, anything. I’ve found myself settling for “good enough” and I don’t like the way it feels. Existing just to exist isn’t living and I’m tired of selling myself short. I know I have the potential to be greater and search every day for the motivation to get there; I want to push myself further.

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If you’re feeling stuck and are tired of the internal dialogue of excuses for why you aren’t doing the things you want to do, here are some tips:

  • Minimize temptation. This involves anything from turning off the TV to keeping junk food out of your pantry. The less chances you have to deviate from your goal, the easier it is to reach it.
  • Push yourself over your limit for a short time. Whether this is in a workout where you do a few more reps or during a long work session where you finish that assignment before taking a lunch break, you’ll feel better after doing it. Motivation is the key to success in any aspect of your life.
  • Build “energy rituals” for your toughest challenges and turn them into routines. Harder tasks are more draining; focus all of your energy on them for no longer than an hour to an hour and a half, then give yourself a real break if you need it. Discomfort is much easier to tolerate in small doses.

What do you do to push yourself further?

Photo Credit: mattersnow.com

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