ca·pac·i·tykəˈpasitēnoun– the maximum amount that something can contain.
– the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something.
What is your capacity? What can you handle? How far can you go?
These are important questions, to which most of us don’t know the answer.
Why are you tired all the time? Why don’t you sleep well? Can you stop a habit that is harmful to you emotionally or physically? Can you believe that there is a better way to eat, and then act on that belief? Is another person’s opinion, which differs from yours, something you can live with? Can you see things about yourself the way they really are and initiate change?
The old adage is true: No pain, no gain.
I’ve been training for a 50-mile mountain bike race. My capacities have been challenged as I push toward that magic number on my odometer: 50. Yesterday I spent almost 4 hours in the saddle to get to 47 miles. The farthest and longest I’ve ever ridden. Not many months ago I would have laughed if you told me I could ride that long, that far. My next long ride will be 50+ and I can’t wait.
Most of us stay where we are, soliciting little to no effort out of our norm. There are so many reasons, excuses, not to do or change something.
No time. No money. No, no, no.
Are you worth it?
The time. The effort. The frustration. The withdrawals. The sacrifices.
What is your capacity?
You won’t know until you try. And, when you try, you’ll be impressed. Inspired. Or discouraged at first.
Do something different today that moves you in a desired direction, towards what you would rather see in your life. Even if it’s just one step, try. Start. Do those big things you’ve wanted, deep inside, that haunt you when the lights go out:
Getting out of debt. Spending more, or quality, time with your kids. Apologizing to that person, or group of people. Accepting the things that aren’t in your scope of effect. Not drinking regular or diet soda for a day, or a week. Waking up earlier to go for a run. Stopping negative thoughts and words towards others, towards yourself. Eating better.
Your capacity is much greater than you know. Mine is too.
I’m learning that, and it moves me toward more that is good, and good for me. It’s not as hard as I thought it was going to be. It’s the launch that’s most dangerous. But I survived and so can you.
I grew up around sports and the analogy is obvious here. But this is true for anything in your life that you want, but have to work to get.
Nike called it “Finding Your Greatness”. Watch this video. Even if sports aren’t your thing. Be moved, challenged, motivated to begin…and to stick with it.
You may fail and get discouraged at times, but push on.
See you at the finish line.