Leap Year Lesson #47: You Can Do More Than You Think

Posted: February 16, 2012 in Attitude

Several weeks ago I wrote down the simple thought that is today’s lesson. I wasn’t exactly sure where to go with it, so I let it sit longer than any of my previous posts. Tonight I heard a university’s ad that ended with the message “You can always do a little more.” So I think it’s time to explore this idea.

The lesson for January 5 was “Learn to say ‘No’,” so I’m mindful of walking a fine line between two contradictory thoughts here. The point of the earlier lesson was that it is OK to control your activities in order to keep yourself focused on accomplishing what is best for you and to keep your schedule reasonable. Today’s thought complements that idea by reminding us that we can still choose to do more than others might in a similar situation, even more than others think we may be capable of. Not that we must, or that we have to go full speed endlessly – we do not. But I believe we have the ability to do more than we tend to do.

It is important to note that the pushing must come from within and not be forced upon us by others. One is motivating. The other is exhausting.

I can safely say I have done that the last couple of months related to my new role at work. I love what I do. I can see the possibilities for so much to be done. I want to do more. Therefore, to the extent that my body tells me I can push the limits, I will continue to do so (but not past that point).

You’ve probably heard statistics of how little of our brain capacity we actually use. Today’s lesson is to encourage us to occasionally raise the bar in terms of effort and do more than what many others would in our situation. This side of completion, we may second guess the attempt, but on the other side we’ll be glad we did.

Leap year lesson #47 is You can do more than you think.

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