Here’s a great quote from Ryan Holiday about fighting back against self-imposed barriers, called “The Myth of Prodigy“.
He let himself get drawn into a way of thinking that limited him:
As competition grew fiercer, I capitulated instead of fighting it. I accepted my own fate as a novelty. I admitted I was a flash in the pan, that I was nothing special, that it was all a fluke.
Only by fighting against that mindset could he begin to achieve his true potential
“Everytime I wanted to stop I sped it up a little. Each goal I set–I’ll stop at 3 miles–I exceeded by .1 or .2. I excised those demons (laziness) by refusing to indulge them.”
So there are just two steps
- Recognise that you’ve set your own limits
- Ignore them and push past.
You can always do one more rep, run that bit further, achieve more than you thought possible. You just have to reach for it.