FIND YOUR EDGE.
Now let me first introduce you to the idea of ‘The Edge’. The Edge is the boundary line between safe and not safe, easy and difficult. It’s the point one might step beyond their comfort zone.
Why is finding your edge important? Well because being on and around The Edge is where all the good stuff happens.
In exercise, because that’s what I deal in most, but just in life in general, learning where your edge is, so that you can at times tip toe beyond it, is vital for progress in all areas of life.
We must discover our boundaries, so that we can then in time push them! Knowing when we are giving too much, and when too little.
Now if we stick with the fitness world. Surely you can see that to know our own limits is useful. Our scores, our times, our PB’s, our inches or our %’s. because from this information we know what it took to achieve these limits and should we so desire to surpass these levels, we can have confidence that it’s going to take even more. There’s a saying that goes ‘If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done...’
In other words, you must push beyond your previous boundaries, past the current edge and create a new one.
Now it’s important you find YOUR edge, and not somebody else’s. You must learn how often and in what ways moving beyond your edge affects you.
There’s likely to be a little pain, some sweat, some tears and possibly a blood.
But you must determine how much suffering you can take but also how much you should take. Where venturing too far beyond your edge, too often for too long becomes more than a calculated risk and instead just dangerous.
You won’t always get it right, I know I haven’t. in the gym I’ve pushed too hard too often and got hurt. In life I’ve either not pushed hard enough and come up short or made risky decisions/actions that I’ve lived to regret. But it’s all part of the learning curve, that helps you establish a greater understanding of where your personal edge lies.
What levels of pain and suffering you can safely endure in the name of progress. How much intensity is at your disposal when a situation calls for it. But also, to know when to go easy on yourself, to know when to back down so you live to fight another day.
The search for you edge won’t be easy. You will constantly be exploring the difference between discomfort and pain and learning to spend prolonged periods of time with both. It will require an endless process of checking in on yourself mentally and physically to see how you are coping. It will get tiresome and at times it will feel repetitive and you will track down your edge for a moment only for it to have moved again by the following day.
In truth the exact whereabouts of your edge may always remain a mystery. But we all do have one. And the more we attempt to venture out to peer beyond it, dip our toe or jump two footed in to what lies past it. I’m certain the more progress we’ll achieve, the more engaged we’ll all be and the more alive we’ll feel…
Go seek out your edge this week, and if it feels right, move past it, even just for a second, and then come back, I think you’re going to like how it feels.