“He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
-Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)-
So you want to lift more weight, do more reps, run farther… faster, pray more, and eat healthier. Your body seems to have given up on you, and refuses to go any further. How do you push past your plateau? Retrain your brain.
It all begins as a battle in the mind. Our battles are not against flesh and blood anyway (Ephesians 6:12), so this is a good place to start. When you are training, tell yourself you can push past that perceived “breaking point.” Try adding just one more pound, run just a few feet further, or sprint just a bit faster in the final home stretch. When you are dedicating time to spirituality or prayer, set aside just one more minute. In your diet plan, cut 10 more calories if you count them. Cut out one small treat/snack this week if you don’t count calories. Replace unhealthy carbs at dinner with a vegetable. This small step might not seem like much, but you are setting a “new normal.” Now your brain knows to push past that old stopping point, because you have trained yourself with a new finish line. This is a victory that should be acknowledged and celebrated! Not with food! 🙂
It is a mental challenge, and each week you can break through to new heights. God has given us amazing bodies that are stronger than we think they are, and amazingly adaptable. Pray for God to give you the strength and grace as you push through. You may be surprised by His power and how much more you can accomplish in HIS strength, rather than your own.
Here’s to breaking down barriers. Here’s to your Health!