Have you ever gone to the gym and worked out too hard? You arrive, you’re full of enthusiasm and energy, and you head to the closest machine and just start going wild. You lift more weights than ever before or you run further than you ever have. You’re killing it! You’re on fire.
And the next day, you feel like you’re literally on fire. If I have learned one thing over the years, it’s that you need to pace yourself and you need to know and acknowledge and respect your limits. Don’t push yourself too hard. Don’t go over the top. Find a goal and stick to it. Everyone has limitations, physically and mentally. You’re no good to anyone if you burn yourself out. The people who make the most difference, those who last the entire race and finish with the best times, are the ones who find a healthy, challenging pace. Heed my warning: if you push yourself too hard, you’ll push yourself right over a cliff.
Michael Jordan is considered the best basketball player of all time and one of the reasons he was able to break so many records and find so much success is because he knew his body - and his limits. Jordan and other star athletes and champions understand that everything is a marathon, not a sprint. Heck, even sprints are marathons and not sprints for Olympic runners! Okay, that analogy is a little confusing but the bottom line is that endurance is all about perspective and understanding and listening to yourself. It's not about wildly trying to push yourself to the limits. It's about being smart and pacing yourself and using your intelligence.
If you really understand endurance and your inner-strength you can find the sort of success that Michael Jordan did. Well, not the EXACT sort of success but close enough.
A melted snowman. "Endurance: even the best have limits."
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