We have all heard the saying, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” It’s become a common excuse for people to not plan too big of goals or to not have too many goals in life. To a certain extent it makes sense, there is only so much we can do in this world and there is a limit on what we can accomplish in one lifetime.
But who’s to say what that limit is? When we put a limit on what we can do and avoid going past that limit we don’t test the waters, we don’t learn to improve ourselves, and we don’t get the same experiences we would have gotten out of life had we simply taken some chances and gone a little further.
“Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it.” Anonymous
Instead of worrying about our limit and being sure to stay within in, here are 10 reasons to forget about your limit and instead bite off more than you can ever hope to chew.
1. Your Jaw Gets Stronger
If you always set yourself to the same limit and never try to go beyond that point you are robbing yourself of a growing experience. Think of a weight lifter. If they can only bench press 100 pounds then they are limited to only bench pressing 100 pounds or lower.
But what if the weight lifter wants to become stronger and start bench pressing 120, 150, or 200 pounds? The only way to do that is to push beyond their limit and try to lift even more weight than they can now.
By pushing the limit you become stronger and stronger until your limit exceeds your wildest expectations. Your “Jaw becomes stronger” as you bite off more than you can chew.
2. It Lets Your Creativity Muscle Work
One of the great things about biting off more than you can chew is that it lets your creativity muscle work. All of a sudden you have to come up with new ways to grow and you have to learn new things.
For instance, if you are currently making $20,000 a year, you have a limit on the amount of income that you are able to spend each year. Now say you want to increase your annual income to $150,000.
Is it possible? Yes! You probably couldn’t reach it if you just continue to do the same things you are today. But it is possible. If you want to succeed have to think a little creatively and ask yourself, “how can I increase my income?”
It may mean you need to go back to college to get a degree, or it may mean you need to look into investing your money or starting your own business. By biting off more than you can chew you force yourself to re-examine your life and look for other ways of doing things. You help your creativity muscles grow and that can help you in other areas of life as well.
3. It Makes Life More Entertaining
If you are always doing the same routine things over and over again and never reaching out to new limits life becomes dull. A life where you never take any chances or try anything new is kind of a wasted experience on this planet.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot
If you really want to make your life more entertaining try going outside of the norm. Try going after big goals and try breaking past the limits you have set for yourself. By doing this you are able to find more opportunities, take bigger chances, and see the world in a whole new way. Life becomes an adventure instead of a mundane existence.
4. You Never Know Until You Try
What happens when you bite off more than you can chew? When you try breaking past your limit and go after something new there are two possible outcomes. You will either get tossed around and get beat up by the world around you or you will succeed and come out ahead with a new limit and new goals on your horizon.
If you get tossed around then you figure out what doesn’t work and become a stronger person because of it. If you succeed you may find that you have been underestimating yourself this whole time and that you are much more capable of doing the things you want then you originally realized.
No matter what happens you get to learn something, and that is reason #5 to bite off more than you can chew.
5. You Get A Learning Experience
No matter what happens when you take a major chance in life you will get a learning experience from it. If you fail then you will realize what doesn’t work and what you should avoid doing the next time you try to go a little bit further in life.
On the other hand if you succeed you also get a learning experience. You learn where your new limits are and you learn what is working in your life.
You can take the lessons you’ve learned from your successes to help you succeed in other areas of your life and to become an even smarter person with a lot more life experience then someone who avoids taking chances in life altogether.
6. Less People Do It
The interesting thing about biting off more than you can chew is that not very many people do it. Most people are content to lead average lives, go after average goals, and assume that they are pretty much just like everybody else.
This is great news for those of us who don’t think this way and are always challenging our limits. It means there is less competition at the top. Less people try to become extraordinary and to gain better experiences in life. The people who do try to push the limits will soon find themselves on a playground filled with just a few contenders.
“Aim for the top. There is plenty of room there. There are so few at the top it is almost lonely there.” Samuel Insull
As we push farther and go to new highs we find less and less people who are willing to push to that same limit. Life becomes easier because the competition becomes less intense while the rewards become even greater.
Fortune is kind to those who never give up.
7. You Can Always Spit it Out
If you “bite off more than you can chew,” and you find out that you really can’t chew it, you can still spit it out, and start from scratch. There may be some situations where you have obligated yourself to do multiple things at the same time.
But in general if you take on too many tasks you can always eliminate things and reset your priorities. You can always take a step back if you find that things aren’t working out. Even if you try and fail, you will be better off than if you had never tried at all.
8. You Get To Prove Others Wrong
Ok, so this probably shouldn’t be a reason to try new things. However it is a fun reason to do it and it can be a great motivation for pushing the limits. Our competition gives us new goals to go after and helps us to see new highs.
In some ways competition is a good thing because it forces us to get out of our comfort zone and try to reach new highs in this world. As humans we were built to improve ourselves and to grow to face our rivals. The only way we can do that is to test our own limits by taking on more than we think we can accomplish.
9. You Only Live Once
One of the best reasons I can think of for pushing the limits in your life is that you will only live once. No matter how you look at it you will never be here again. The opportunities that are facing you right now will never be near you again.
You may have similar opportunities in the future, but they will not be exactly the same. You don’t want to end your life always wondering what would have happened if you had simply taken more chances and tried to push beyond the limits that you were originally given.
Life is too short to be limited. By trying out new things we can grow and accomplish more. We can figure out what we are really capable of and we can live a life that is truly worth living.
What do you think #10 should be? What are your reasons for pushing beyond your limits and trying out something new?