acknowledge your limits
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend watching the Oscars last night and also celebrating the One Month Anniversary of the Eagles' Super Bowl LII win yesterday! Last week I wrote two posts: "kiss.. keep it simple, stupid" and "make your own luck." If you haven't gotten a chance to read either one of them, go ahead and check them out after today's post!
Today’s post is going to focus on something I’ve come to really learn the hard way over the past year: acknowledge your limits. Now, I’m not talking about self-imposed limitations because most of those are bologna. They’re excuses and negative self-talk meant to derail you from your ultimate goals. We’re all guilty of them at one time or another, so learn how to tell your negative self-talk to shut the heck up!
As you’ve gotten older, have you noticed there are certain things you cannot perform as quickly or as well as you were able to when you were younger? There are just certain things I do not bounce back from as quickly anymore, which is why rest has become such an important part of my routine. For example, I was sick last week with some bug that’s been sweeping through the comedy community, so instead of force myself to get up early on Friday to get to the gym and get the video blog completed, I opted to take a day to fully rest and let myself heal. Now, if you’re anything like me, you hate the feeling of wasted time. I get it. But acknowledging your limits as you get older, especially physical ones, is wise. It’s important to rest and recover so you can get back to your usual self more quickly!
Have you ever had an embarrassing situation occur that no one was around to witness? I’ve had plenty. And even as recently as Saturday. It was raining here in LA, so I was carrying my dog down the back stairwell of my apartment complex because it was slippery and I didn’t want her to fall. She already hates going out to potty in the rain, so I'll do most anything to keep her as calm as possible before the inevitable soak. My plan worked in that she didn’t slip, but it failed in that I slipped.
As I was walking down the steps, there was a particularly slippery stair that caught me off guard. I fell immediately, slamming my elbow, back, and tush onto the stairwell, throwing Archy onto my stomach to protect her, and bump-sliding down each stair until my feet eventually found traction and ground. I didn’t cry because Archy was already traumatized (and a stage 5 clinger the rest of the day), but it hurt like all get-up. If I’d been younger, I might have kept my afternoon gym commitment on Saturday and early morning workout for Sunday, but I knew I’d just be further prolonging the recovery process.
Acknowledging your limits is incredibly important. If they're physical limits like sickness or injury, the most important thing to do is rest. If you’re suffering from mental or emotional fatigue, the answer is also rest. Giving your mind and your body time to rest and recharge will make a world of difference for whatever tasks you’ve set to accomplish.
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