Pushing the envelope happens to be my favorite hobby. I often push a little too far in every aspect of my life, and it’s been known to get me into trouble.
Part of it happens to be because of my big mouth. I don’t know when to keep it shut. I once had a teacher that told me, “Keep pushing that envelope and see what happens.” I decided to take that advice at face value.
Part of it happens because I’m always pushing the limit. It’s helped me to achieve quality erections with the buildings being created in Sherman Country. And it’s helped me to have some fun in life. If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.
Often, limits are placed out of fear. However, those are illusions. My advice is this: Always let your reach exceed your grasp. When you’re always reaching, it will make for a more interesting life. Otherwise, you’re stuck with the status quo all the time.
Excuses are for People Who Don’t Want It Bad Enough
We’ve all known that friend who makes excuses when we’re ready to take action and need a cohort in crime. Or perhaps you are that friend.
Excuses tend to look like this:
- I’m not feeling up to it
- I don’t have time this week
- I’m saving up for something else
- I just need some “me” time
- I don’t want to get in trouble
- I’m afraid of doing [fill in the blank]
Excuses make it hard to move forward. It’s as if someone has come up behind you and grabbed that envelope right out of your hand. Without the envelope, you have nothing to push. It’s not only awkward because you let it slip away, but it also prevents you from having a new experience and living life to the fullest.
What does an envelope say when you lick it? Nothing it just shuts up.
If someone wanted something bad enough, they wouldn’t need the excuses. They’d power through not feeling well, make time, be willing to take the risk and push through any fears they may have.
Pushing past a fear is the best way to conquer them. After all, why do you think people go skydiving? Surely, it’s not because someone simply felt compelled to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
Be Real, Not Perfect
Many people stop pushing boundaries because they feel the need to be perfect. If you push too hard, there’s a chance that a boundary will be reached. There’s a chance that the risk won’t pay off. And when those things happen, it can feel a lot like failure. (To be clear, it’s not. It’s simply a hurdle that you must push past.)
Remember when I said limits are an illusion? So is perfection. It’s not real. It’s not obtainable. If you think you’re perfect or on your way to being that way, there are likely a few people in your life who will set you straight.
Trying to be perfect is boring. You’ll always play by the rules. You’ll always accept status quo. Why? Because pushing the limits is too much of a risk.
I say that it’s best to be real, not perfect. By being real, I can be adventurous. I can be bold. And I can live the kind of life that makes for great storytelling when I have a beer in my hand.
In Sherman Country, there are plenty of ways to spend your time being real and adventurous. We’re surrounded by beauty. If you’re in Kansas, you can push the envelope by finally taking a ghost tour or buying a bike to conquer the trails in Kaw River State Park. And if you’re in Minnesota, you may push the envelope by finally learning to snowmobile or even spending the night in Niagara Cave or on a houseboat to see the Northern Lights.
Don’t let fear stand in your way of doing the things you’ve always dreamed of doing. This is solid advice for both your personal life and your career.
Dream Big and Push That Envelope
Pushing the envelope without big dreams and without testing boundaries gets me nowhere. It keeps me stationary, if you will. That sounds boring. And since my third-grade teacher told me to keep pushing that envelope, it’s what I will do.
I dream big. I have a long bucket list of things to do in Sherman Country. Some of it scares the hell out of me, but that’s okay. I’m not going to make excuses and skip out on them. I want each and everything on my list, so I’ll push and push until it all finally happens.
Lord, give me patience. Because if you give me strength, I’m going to need bail money to go with it. Seriously. Too much strength would allow me to push that envelope even further. I’ll mouth off to the wrong person. I’ll test a boundary a bit too far. And next thing you know, I’ll have the police after me.
I really didn’t mean to push all your buttons. I was just looking for mute.
Instead, I’ll focus on dreaming big and being patient with my pushing of the envelope.
My soulmate is out there pushing, too. Only, they’re pushing a pull door. I just know it.
And since we’re talking about dreaming big, I’ll let you in on something. It’s how Sherman Pole Barns became a thing. I decided that quality erections were worth focusing on, and I didn’t let standard boundaries stand in my way. It’s why these steel buildings are stronger and more customizable than the average pole barn.
And a good pole barn is a great way to house the things you need for pushing the envelope. I’m not talking about boxes of stationery, either. I’m talking about snowmobiles, camping equipment, and the other gear needed to be adventurous.
When you want some help pushing the envelope, I’m a phone call away.
And if you want some help with a pole barn that meets your unique needs, Sherman Pole Barns is just a call away, too.