We always preach about how we should fight for what we believe in, pursue our goals, go after our dreams & challenge ourselves & our bodies.
We always say that the only limit to accomplishing any & all of this is OURSELVES.
ALL OF THAT IS TRUE.
But one thing I want to make clear is that amidst all that hustling, pursuing, challenging & goal-getting, it’s crucial that we understand the distinction between pushing ourselves to become better & living our best lives & pushing ourselves too far.
There’s a fine line between discomfort & pain.
Discomfort is the feeling of unfamiliarity, change, challenge, obstacles & new. In the moment, it feels weird, scary & doesn’t seem all that positive. But discomfort is a sign that we are moving in the right direction, that we are stepping out of comfort zones, security nets & challenging & allowing ourselves to grow.
Pushing yourself through discomfort makes you stronger, brighter, wiser & helps you build confidence & resilience. It helps you open your eyes to the beauty of the world that your feelings of comfort may have blinded you from.
Pain is the body’s way of communicating with you that you’ve pushed one step too far & that it hurts. Pain doesn’t help you grow, it hinders growth. Pushing through pain isn’t a sign of strength. Don’t let your mind convince you otherwise, ever. You are worth more than pain you can control & choose not to live with.
Life is too beautiful to settle for living with pain.
Know your boundaries.
Set your limits.
Be conscious that those boundaries & limits are & look different on everyone.
That’s why they are YOUR boundaries & YOUR limits.
Base them on one thing only: how YOU feel & what YOU think YOUR body can handle.
It’s one thing to set goals, challenge yourself, grow & welcome new beginnings; it’s another when you do those same things, but in a way that makes you unhappy, is unrealistic & painful.
Know the distinction. Live by it.
And you’ll truly be able to become the best version of yourself.