“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Law of Stretching states: To expand beyond your limits, you must submit yourself to ongoing periods of escalating resistance.
Stretching, as we all know, isn’t something that happens by chance; it’s something you do on purpose. Now, if you just stretched once a month, it wouldn’t do you much good. To truly get this Law working for you, you have to begin stretching daily.
When we do something daily, we’re establishing a routine. That routine builds a habit. That habit builds our character. And our character is what shapes our destiny. That’s why John Maxwell says, “You won’t change your life until you change something you do daily.”
How do you know if you’re stretching? When you feel the burn. Whatever you decide to engage in, it should come with strain. The strain you feel is where the new growth is; it’s your next stage of growth. And while it’s a somewhat painful process in the moment, if you keep at it, you will level up.