Have you ever wondered what you are REALLY capable of?
Have you ever thought to yourself, "where is the limit to my achievements"? Or, "What is the most I could possibly achieve?"
As a 16 year old, I thought my exams were so tough, surely I could achieve no more than this? Then I sat my A levels and was shocked at how much harder they were, but I stretched my perceived boundary and did ok. First year Degree exams felt I had hit my limit and I couldn't possibly sit any harder exams, but of course that too was another false perception and unbeknown to me, I still hadn't hit my limit. Three year's later I survived my end of year Degree exams. Isn't this the truth for us all in so many ways?
It was the same when I started running. The first very gentle jog/walk I attempted felt like torture. I suffered with a horrible stitch, sweating, struggling to breath, my legs felt like jelly - it was hell - and I'd only gone about half a mile! Yet, slowly but surely I built it up, pushed a little bit further, a little bit harder, and kept going, and it wasn't long before I felt I was doing OK, I wasn't going to keel over, and that it might actually one day be fun...
So, if you ever wonder what you are truly capable of then set yourself bigger and bigger goals. Stretch yourself and build on each and every success, adding another layer to your achievements, and then stretching it a tiny bit more. Slow, incremental improvement. Small stretches in your goals, steadily pushing those boundaries up to the next level. I don't think we ever truly discover our threshold or limit, and I am certain you and I have not reached our full potential yet, by far. As an ultra marathoner told me once, "there is more in you yet!" We just have to keep stretching ourselves and enjoying every second of it.