10 Ways to Overcome your Limitations

Friday, December 30, 2022

Self impossed limitations can hold us back and keep us from achieving great things.

I communte to work by bike. I like to commute by bike to improve my fitness, destress from work, and avoid traffic. This year I decided I would try to ride each day regardless of the weather. Bad weather like rain, or cold would limit my rides. People would tell me that you can't ride in bad weather. As a result, I would only commute to work by bike a couple times a week. I decided I would figure out how to break through my limitations. I ordered new rain gear, a new heavy jacket, and improved gloves. I then had two weeks of awful, nasty weather but still rode my bike each day.
I learned I can ride in bad weather and overcame my limitations.
It was a great feeling.

overcome limitations

Here are 10 ways to help you overcome limitations in your life.

1. Overcoming limitations starts with a decision.
I had to just make the decision that I would ride to work regardless of the weather.

2. Knowledge is power.
Research and ask other people who have overcome a similar limitation in order to learn what helped them succeed.
I researced effective rain gear and asked other avid cyclists what they do when it rains.

3. Remember that completing a difficult task can bring great joy.
The first day I made it to work by bike on a very rainy day and my rain gear kept me dry, it brought great joy to me.

4. Surround yourself with positive encouraging people.
I have a group of friends who just don't make excuses and this mindset rubs off on me.

5. Don't be afraid to try something new.
I never knew how much fun riding in rain with proper rain gear can be.

6. Just ignore the people who say it is a bad plan.
When I mentioned that I ride my bike everyday, most told me I shouldn't ride in bad weather. I learned to just ignore these people.

7. Reflect on past victories and lessons learned. This will help to give you confidense that you can use to complete your new task. Tell yourself, " I did it once, so I can do it again."

8. Remember that part of completing anything difficult will involve failure.
My first ride in cold rain was a complete disaster and was very painful.

9. There will be days when you want to give up.
The first day that the temperature was 38 and heavy rain, I really didn't want to ride my bike to work, but I did anyway.

10. Find a phrase or mantra that you repeat to help you complete the task.
My go to phrase has become, " there is no bad weather just bad gear."
This just reminds me if I dress properly I can overcome poor weather.


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