Spend more time doing the “impossible”

When something looks to your brain like it’s going to be too hard (whether that thing is a physical task or a mental one), your brain emits an alarm that tells you to back off, shut down, find something easier. Studies have shown that it sends that alarm considerably earlier than it has to. Top athletes override that off switch, and so do the people who break mental barriers.

They reach above what you might think of as a horizontal line—below this line is what’s possible so far; above the line is what’s currently “impossible.” To regularly get into “impossible” territory above the line, learn to notice your brain’s alarm, know that it’s probably false, shut it off, stand your ground, keep growing.

Know that who dares, wins—it’s the only way to build the amazing future you deserve.

Robert Cooper