when your brain says you're done, you have so much more to give





Your brain playing tricks on you



How many times have you gone running, working out at the gym, feeling exhausted working on a project, or just simply feeling tired from doing something, and it's as if you can't go another minute more? I was an avid runner few years back and although I often run up to 10 miles, the first 10-20 minutes were usually the hardest. My brain would be telling me it's time to take a break, or the most popular voice kept asking me why was I doing this in this first place. I think I can speak for many runners when I say that when one runs 10 miles or more, it's not the legs that carry you, it's your mindset. At the 10X Growth Conference recently, Jessie Iztler said, "when your brain says you're done, you're only at 40 percent."





You can always do more, but your brain will convince you that you have no more fuel left. If you don't have the discipline or the experience to know that that voice is not the one to listen to, you will give up. It is that voice, which I believe is part of the lower self, that imposes limitations on us. We go through life listening to that voice, and many never reach their full potential because they never go the extra mile, they never make the sacrifice, they never take the risk. I would go as far as to say that voice is like a bully.


Years ago I used to run at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. A full lap is 3.75 miles, but I could never complete a full lap. One morning just as I started running, a young man, ran up from behind, said good morning and we started chit chatting while we ran. I forgot to stop and completed one full lap for the first time. Since that day I have never gone to Prospect Park and run less than a lap. I never saw that guy again. That was the first and last time I saw him. Before I moved from that neighborhood, I was running two full laps.


This is a perfect example of what coaching does. It helps individuals get out of their own way so they can take that leap into their full capacity. There is always more you can do. Don't let your mind play tricks on you. Develop a kind of contract with yourself that you are going to finish. Don't stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done.