“By leaning just beyond your fear, you challenge your limits compassionately, without trying to escape the feeling of fear itself. You step beyond the solid ground of security with an open heart. You stand in the space of unknowingness, raw and awake. Here, the gravity of deep being will attend you to the only place where fear is obsolete: the eternal free fall of home. Where you always are. Own your fear, and lean just beyond it. In every aspect of your life. Starting now.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man
“It is honorable for a man to admit his fears, resistance, and edge of practice. It is simply true that each man has his limit, his capacity for growth, and his destiny. But it is dishonorable for him to lie to himself or others about his real place. He shouldn’t pretend he is more enlightened than he is – nor should he stop short of his actual edge. The more a man is playing his real edge, the more valuable he is as good company for other men, the more he can be trusted to be authentic and fully present. Where a man’s edge is located is less important than whether he is actually living his edge in truth, rather than being lazy or deluded.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man
Excellence can be attained, if we…
Care more than others think is wise.
Risk more than others think is safe.
Dream more than others think is possible.
Focus more than others think is reasonable.
Trust more than others think is practical.
“There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington
In A Life Without Limits, Chrissie Wellington shares with the reader her story of going from being a college graduate with two degrees and a career in international development to becoming a four time World Ironman Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011) – and thoroughly proves in her story just how much the body is capable of achieving when the mind is trained not to give up!
‘The mind will always give up before the body’ is one of the mantras that I have leaned on for strength when I’ve found myself in the midst of a grueling workout. After reading Chrissie’s story, as one might expect, my definition of just what a ‘grueling‘ workout would be has expanded and gained new meaning. An Ironman race is a seriously challenging event that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. Like, who in their right mind…?
“If there is one thing I have learned, particularly in my life as an athlete, it is that our limits may not be where we think they are. And, even when we think we’ve finally reached them, the next time we go there exploring we often find that they’ve moved again.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” ~ Michael Jordan
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Limits begin where vision ends.” ~ via Mind Gym