Video: The 40% Rule for Overcoming Mental Barriers

One of the highlights of the last week or so (in my private little nerd world) was “discovering” the Big Think YouTube channel.

A few of us had talked about Big Think at work about a year ago, but for some reason, it hadn’t occurred to me that they might have a YouTube channel. Coming across it recently was perfect timing. I even posted a video on this blog from the Big Think channel earlier this week.

I read an article recently about how when we think we’re finished, physically exhausted, mentally exhausted, etc., we’re really only about 40% spent. We’ve still got quite a bit left in the tank, we just have to overcome the mental barriers that trick us into giving up.

I searched everywhere for this article in the run-up to last Sunday’s half marathon. I remembered the article talking about “marathoners hitting the wall”, and how Navy Seals push forward despite the toughest of circumstances. I thought that it couldn’t hurt to reread it as I did final prep for the race.

I used every Google trick in the book and still couldn’t find the exact article.

Then, when it came time to post a “work related” video on this blog, I stumbled upon the video below among the “most viewed” on the Big Think YouTube channel. It’s a few days too late for my half marathon, and it still isn’t the exact article I read last week, but it gets right to the point:

Here’s the first paragraph of the YouTube video description to prove it:

“About 99 percent of the people who start marathons in the United States finish them. That’s an astoundingly high number considering the pain and turmoil that every marathon runner faces. What each runner has in common, says author Jesse Itzler, is that they hit a wall where their mental resources are exhausted. At this point, sheer physical will maintains their strength — and this is the will that everyone has, but we seldom know how to tap into it.”

Check it out:

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