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Attitude is Everything

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. - Pat Riley

I recently wrote a blog post about limits – specifically about the importance of acknowledging and accepting them. I was conflicted when writing it as I feel that accepting limits could imply giving up or selling out.

Consider this example of Amy Purdy, who in her words “pushed off” her limits to achieve goals she couldn’t have otherwise. Her (physical) limitations forced her to become creative and excel in way she had never before. Her limits were in fact the very fuel for her “success”.

When I watch the video I am inspired by the thought that anything is possible with enough determination and hard work – in the absence of mental limits. But at the same time, the reality is that we are also fallible, made of flesh and blood. Her story reminds us that while the body has limits, the difference between selling out and persevering is attitude.

This brings me to my personal conflict. 

Does acknowledgement of physical limits have to imply defeat? I would say that if limits are respected with a view to resting and healing in order to move forward and progress to new goals – no. However, if acknowledgement equates to an excuse not to act, then the answer is yes. That is defeat.

There is a world between the two that makes all the difference.  When we learn of inspirational stories such as Amy's, they move us to be better, do more, push harder. With a positive attitude, she proves to us that most anything is possible.


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