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Stop Driving The Speed Limit

Driving the speed limit is the responsible thing to do, right?
When you’re behind the wheel of a 3,000 pound car or a 5,000 pound truck, the last thing you want to be is irresponsible.
I don’t know anyone who would deny this.
What does driving the speed limit have to do with you and then new year?
A lot.
You see, many of us in our day-to-day lives are driving the “speed limit.”
We do good enough work at the office.
We pay decent enough attention to our wives, husbands, boyfriends or girlfriends.
We give just enough of our time to our children.
We sporadically work on a project that we say is important until we pack it away until an unknown time in the future.
We tell everyone one that we’re “fine” when we’re not.
We bite our tongue instead of telling the truth.
We do the safe thing instead of the real thing.
And, we distract ourselves with stuff that’s not important.
All of this = driving the “speed limit” of life.
The “speed limit” of life means conformity, playing it safe, not standing out in the crowd, following the rules, and not questioning the status quo.
I mean who the hell do we think we are to go left when it’s easier to go right and follow the crowd?
Here’s what I believe:
You are not here to live a “speed limit” kind of life.

What is living a “speed limit” life costing you?
Your soul?
Your happiness?
Your sanity?
Your integrity?
Your family?
Here’s my recommendation:
It’s time to risk getting a “speeding ticket” in life. Dare a someone to “pull you over.”
It’s time to see how much you can give.
It’s time to stand up for something.
It’s time to have your heart beating through your chest because you’re doing something for the first time.
It’s time to push some buttons that need to be pushed.
It’s time to unleash your inner “artist” and create something.
It’s time to stretch yourself and see how flexible you are.
It’s time to stop doing those things that are killing you.
It’s time to stop sucking in your stomach and let it hang out until you’re willing to do something about it.
It’s. Your. Time.

Test the limits with your limits.

Antonio Neves is nationally recognized leadership speaker, award-winning journalist and author of 50 Ways To Excel In Your First Job (And In Life).

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