“Sometimes, you gotta run before you can walk.” -Tony Stark, Iron Man
Sometimes, the best way to prepare for excellence is by attempting much more than what you’re prepared to do.
If you’re never uncomfortable, never out of your league, never feeling a little self-conscious, never vulnerable, never outmatched, never overwhelmed, then you may have good reasons to question whether or not you’re following a path that truly respects your potential.
One of my challenges this year is to read a book a week. Honestly, this challenge is knocking me around. I simply don’t have time to do it. I have way too much going on. It would probably be “wiser” in some conventional sense to set a more modest goal. But I’m sticking with it because this is where the action, adventure, and self-discovery is. I’m learning things about attention management, concentration, discipline, persistence, and creativity that I would never know if I wasn’t pushing myself to do something my mind says I can’t do.
Biting off more than you can chew has its benefits.
Take on a challenge. Explore unknown territory. Run before you walk. Do something that you’re not qualified to do.
There’s much more to life than being comfortable.
Dare to discover what you’re truly capable of and give yourself the opportunity to see how much of an adventure living can be.