SPARTAN!

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Summary of Main Ideas

Last year I ran a Spartan race.

If you’re not familiar with the Spartan race, go google it and you’ll understand just how nuts it is. It’s mud, dirt, obstacles, stairs, ropes, and just all around insanity.

 

I’d always told myself that it was a goal of mine, but last summer, a buddy of mine and I did it. We ran just over 4 miles, climbed 88 flights of stairs, and made it out alive.

 

The whole time I was running the race, it was more about defeating myself than defeating the other folks running the race. I knew they’d beat me, but I was determined not to let me beat myself.


After we finished, I was reflecting and came away with one key realization:

 

We are all capable of so much more than we think that we are.

 

No matter what it is that we think we can do, we are capable of more, but more times than not it is our own limitations that keep us from growing.

 

In my training for the race, the most I could run without stopping was 15 minutes, certainly not enough to finish the race.


But as race day approached, I changed my mindset and decided that I wasn’t going to limit myself before I knew what my limits where.

 

Now I’m looking at training for a half-marathon Spartan race. Because I know that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for.


And if that is true in athletics, how much more true is it in business? Or in my spirituality? Or my family? Or my relationships?

 

How many places am I limiting myself before I know my limits?

 

I would encourage you this week, don’t limit yourself. Push your limits and find out what your true limits actually are. Because you are capable of so much more than you think, and so am I.


Quotes

“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford

“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” Roy T. Bennett


Reflection Questions

  1. Where have you set limits for yourself without knowing your actual limits?

  2. What is it in your life that know that you are good at, but refuse to pursue because “you can’t do that?”

  3. What would you attempt if you knew that you could not fail?

  4. Who do you have in your life to encourage you to push your limits?