I have this inner drive. It’s a blessing in disguise if you ask me. But there comes one catch! I can’t stop demanding the best results possible. I can’t just do something performing average. That’s just not who I am. Or at least that is what I tell myself.
In an ever changing environment, it seems to be a good thing to always strive for more. To be aware about the changes we need to go through, mentally as well as physically. But there is a limit! A line we shouldn’t cross.
I needed to learn it the hard way. I needed to fail miserably before understanding. In this life, you can’t just push through everything forever. Your body and mind will take their time! If needed they force you to stop.
Do not, by all means stop when it starts to get messy. There is no problem with feeling a bit of pain here and there. I mean honestly, doesn’t that make us feel alive? But once we are getting near the actual limit, we should be careful.
It is extremely important to know your limits. It helps you to find to yourself. But not reacting to the signs and changing your approach accordingly? This will lead to a catastrophe. Some people call it burnout, others find different words. We need time to recover. We need time relax. We can’t just go on like this forever.
Believe me when I tell you, that I do a lot. And with a lot, I really mean a lot. If there is one thing I need to be careful with it is this, overdoing it! There is nothing won by outperforming everyone today and needing the next two weeks to recover.
Take a cyclist from the Tour de France if you like. There comes always another race, another climb, another sprint. Sure, you can win the first three races, but if you can’t manage it to drive to Paris the days and weeks after, well, you are done.
Manage your pace! Control yourself and take your time to recover.
See you next time!