Pushing Your Limits

Hi there,

Welcome to another edition of Simpler Sundays, a weekly newsletter aimed at giving you a dose of relaxed reading at the end of each week. This is the 10th edition of Simpler Sundays. If you’d like any of your friends or family to subscribe to this newsletter, you can share this link. That said, let’s begin this week’s edition.

Have you heard the story of the elephant and the rope? If you haven’t, here is how it goes.

A man once saw a big elephant being tied by using nothing but a small rope (just like in the image above). This big elephant was capable of easily breaking off the rope and setting itself free. Yet it stood there as if bound by this small rope.

Intrigued, the man approached the owner of the elephant and asked him how was this small rope able to hold such a big elephant.

The owner of the elephant then replied that the elephant was conditioned to believe that it cannot break free from the rope. He said that since a young age, he had been tying the elephant using the same small rope. When the elephant was smaller, this rope was strong enough to hold it.

But as the elephant grew up, it never realized that now it had the necessary strength to easily break this rope. This belief that it could not break this rope was stopping the elephant from actually breaking this rope.

In a way, this holds true for us humans as well. So often, we are unable to get out of a situation because we believe that we cannot.

Let me share a personal anecdote as well. I go for cycling, a few times each week. Whenever I go out, I cycle for about 2-3 km and then come back, thinking that I have done enough for one day.

In covering these 2-3 km, I rarely push myself; instead, believing that this is the most that I can do.

But something different happened yesterday as I decided to push this limit. I decided to test if I could cycle more than these usual 2-3 km.

What happened was not expected by me as well. I was able to cover about 12 km, surprising myself in the process. Once I decided to go further than my usual marker, I realized that it wasn’t as difficult as I was making it to be in my head.

Now, mine could be an insignificant example. But when you decide to push your limits, you achieve things that you once thought weren’t possible for you.

  • If you are a writer, try pushing for a higher number of words than you usually write. Trust me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with yourself.
  • If you fear talking to people, try pushing your limit and reach out to some people you haven’t talked to in a while. Trust me, you’ll feel good about yourself.
  • If you are a student, try pushing for increasing the time you spend studying.
  • If you are someone who goes to the gym often, you’d know that the highest gains come when you push yourself above your limit.

Remember, pushing your limits is the only way to make progress. When you consistently push your limits over a period of time, you start achieving excellence.

In the end, the important thing is to understand this:

You might fail in your attempt. But you must never fail to make an attempt.

The Good Word

As you might know, the ‘Good Word’ is a series showcasing my favorite quotes.

So, here’s this week’s Good Word:

“You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

– John Bunyan

VyasSpeaks Featured Post

This week’s featured post is about facing your fears.

Read the post by clicking the link or image below.


That’s all for this week. I’ll see you next Sunday.

Stay safe and take care.

With love,
Shikhil Vyas


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