Consider a rubber band. It lies idle, static, dormant, holding no more than its physical form until stretched. But apply a little tension, and it snaps to life. Stretch it, and it can reach places you never thought possible. Its potential is revealed only under tension. Similarly, you are that rubber band.

In life, if you do not extend yourself, if you don’t step out of your comfort zone, you are like that idle rubber band. Unstretched, untested, your limits remain undiscovered, your full potential unrealized.

Don’t be afraid to apply tension to your life. Stretch. Push yourself. Because it is only when you do so—when you test your boundaries and go beyond your comfort zone—that you discover what you are truly capable of. You find your elastic limit. You become a snail that speeds.

Fear not the pressure, the strain, the discomfort that comes with pushing yourself. It’s like testing the waters of an unfamiliar sea—it may be cold, it may be deep—but only by diving in will you uncover the hidden treasures beneath.

If you refuse to push, to stretch, you’ll never know your limits. You’ll remain just a rubber band. So, push. Stretch. Test your boundaries. Unleash the force within you. Only then will you know your true capabilities, your real limits.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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