Pushing Your Limits

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Three weeks ago I went on a night snorkel with Manta Rays. I am not the biggest fan of the ocean. It was dark and we were in water about 40 feet deep. Who knows what was out there…(sharks?)

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Sunday, I jumped out of an airplane at 7500 feet. Who knows what could have gone wrong (parachutes anyone?)

High risk activities? You betcha.

Easily two of the most incredible experiences of my life. And two things I never would have thought I would have done 10 years ago.

Both of these things stretched my limits. We all have a fear of the unknown. I had no idea what to expect when I jumped into the warm evening waters of Hawaii. My heart skipped a few beats when the airplane door flew open and I had to stick my foot out on the ledge. Each time, the experience was beyond anything I could have imagined. (as an aside, I highly recommend both – absolutely amazing!!)

If I had said no to these life changing experiences, I wouldn’t have really known the difference. My life the next day would have been relatively similar to the day before. But my life is exponentially improved having done these two things. Jumping out of an airplane at 7500 feet and jumping into dark water 40 feet deep (at night) helped me redefine what it means to be nervous. It also gave me a new definition for amazing.

Every time you step on the ice to play, there is a chance that you may fail. When you try a new move or work on a new skill, there is a risk of failure. There was also a chance that I could be attacked by a shark or that the parachute wouldn’t open. If I had let my fear of danger and failure rule the day then I never would have had the chance to experience amazing. To get to amazing, you have to get past your fear of failure. Pushing your limits usually requires risking failure and a little bit of danger.

You cannot know what else is out there until you stretch your limits to reach beyond the world you presently know.

After these two life changing experiences, I’m excited about the future. I’ve redefined amazing and now know what it truly feels like to conquer fears (I’m afraid of heights and I used to hate the ocean…). I pushed my limits, stretched myself and have a whole new threshold to meet. I challenge you to do the same. Get outside of your comfort zone and grow, whether its your game, your career or your life. You’ll never know what is on the other side until you get there.

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