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Nancy L. Neff Coaching and Healing

LifeForce Abundance Coach
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June 2019 Newsletter

Hello, and a jubilant June to you!
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter. Today's issue is about personal limits, and gradually increasing them. Enjoy!

Pushing your limits gently
 pushing boulder up a mountain When faced with a limit, are you the type of person who says "Let me at it!", ready to tackle the challenge with all you have? Or do you protest "I'm overwhelmed already! Please don't give me more to do!". Most of us fall somewhere in the middle, or feel differently in different situations. For example, we may be very willing to try a new eating plan, yet reluctant to dig into that ongoing communication problem with our difficult family member.

My pattern tends to be to push myself, often past the point where I need a break or to rest. I've re-injured myself many times from not letting some minor running or weight training physical damage heal fully, before I started working out hard again. I guess I thought I had to make up for lost time, or was afraid I'd get out of shape. So I lost more time, as I finally admitted Mother Nature knows best, that I am flesh and bone, not a super-hero, and I have to rest to heal. Is there somewhere in your life where you're continuing to push, ignoring the obvious signs telling you to stop?

 pushing limits quote Years ago I had a sign over my desk in my corporate cubicle saying "Push your limits, or they'll close in on you". (Yes, I see now how this shows the tendency to push myself has been with me for a long time.) Yet pushing against our current limits is how we grow and expand. Who wants to stay a baby crawling on the floor? So yes, we do want to push ourselves a little, just not excessively.

The child in the picture below is clearly not content to continue crawling as his main mode of locomotion. He's eager to try this new upright way of moving, feeling excited because he has plenty of helpful support and encouragement. I love the focused (but not worried!) expression on his face. Maybe he's wondering how many steps he can take before he falls. Can he make it all the way to Mom? And if he does fall, it's no big deal. He'll just laugh, get up, and try again.

 baby learning to walk This is such a great example of how to approach learning a new skill! I'm often saying that baby steps are better than no steps. Start small, so you're not setting yourself up for disappointment, but please start. Otherwise you'll stay right where you are. And like this child, make sure you have the support you need, whether it's a teacher or coach or steady friend who can act as your cheerleader. Having someone else share your minor triumphs can make them even sweeter.

Most important, have a curious exploring attitude when trying something new. By definition, this is something you don't know how to do yet, so see if you can set aside any preconceived notions of which part will be easy, or how you can depend on something else you already know to help you. Proceed with Beginner's Mind, like the child. Push yourself when you feel capable and motivated, maybe even before you feel totally ready, then rest when you need to. Above all, have fun!

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