IELTS essay materials: Push Yourself

Push Yourself

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How strong are you?
That is a tough question to answer, whether you are a man or a woman.
But, really, I want to ask… how do you define your strength?
How do you know your limits? How do you know just how much you’ve got?
When push comes to shove, we often discover that we are much stronger than we think.
What is Strength?
Strength is not always about pure physical strength. Rather, it is about willpower. Discipline. Drive. It is about the capacity to get things done.
I know some people who are intellectually strong, but they get very little done in their jobs. And I know others who find work extremely challenging, but are able to move mountains by their sheer drive and hard work.
They possess inner strength.
More interesting, is that these productive hard-workers often don’t even notice the load. Bystanders are not only amazed, but often ask, “How do you do it?”
The answer usually comes back, “I just work harder than the others.”
So, why are some people able to do more? What gives them added drive? What gives them extra strength?
Could it be, they have simply given themselves permission to do more?
Self-Imposed Limits
What I have observed is that most people impose their own limits. They limit their output based on self-framed constraints of their capabilities and strengths. Sometimes these boundaries are based on past experiences. Sometimes they are based on perceived capacities. Sometimes these limits are based on nothing.
I can’t do that. (Why?)
That is too much for me. (How do you know?)
I can’t put in that much effort. (What would happen if you did?)
I am not smart enough to solve that. (Can you be sure if you haven’t tried?)
So, how do we break through these limits? How do we get stronger?
Pushing It…
Many people are going through the motions, but are nowhere near their limits.
If you want to be stronger, you have to push your boundaries.
Pushing it is what it takes to increase your limits. In the gym, bodybuilders discovered this long ago. But, the same principle is true when it comes to inner strength. Discipline and drive.
Want to test your limits? Push yourself. Test your self-perceived constraints to see how accurate they are. Make sure your goals are slightly beyond what you think can be achieved.
You Are Stronger Than You Think
Most people underestimate their strength.
As you go through your day, challenge your capacity. Test your limits.
Push yourself, to find your true boundaries and define your strength.
When you discover how much you’ve really got, you may surprise even yourself.
What are your self-imposed limits? Which do you need to push? When have you found that you were much stronger than you thought?

about and on

4 about and on    Compare: 
    - a book for children about Africa and its peoples 
      a textbook on African history 
    - a conversation about money 
      a lecture on economics 
   We use about to talk about ordinary, more general kinds of  communication. 
   On suggests that a book, talk etc is more serious, suitable for specialists. 

about to

5 about to 
    About+ infinitive (with to) means 'going to very soon'; 'just going to'. 
      Don't go out now - we're about to have lunch. 
      I was about to go to bed when the telephone rang. 
    Not about to can mean 'unwilling to'. 
        I'm not about to pay 100 dollars for that dress. 

above and over

1 'higher than': above or over     Above and over can both mean 'higher than'. Above is more common with this 
        The water came up above/over our knees. 
        Can you see the helicopter above/over the palace? 
2 'not directly over': above     We use above when one thing is not directly over another. 
        We've got a little house above the lake. (NOT ••• B
 the ltllee.) 
3 'covering': over     We prefer over when one thing covers and/or touches another. 
        There is cloud over the South of England. 
        He put on a coat over his pyjamas. 
    We use over or across (see 9) when one thing crosses another. 
       The plane was flying over/across Denmark. 
       Electricity cables stretch over/across the fields. 

active verb forms

10    active verb forms    1     future, present and past; simple, progressive and perfect           English verbs can refer to future, present or past time. 
              future: She wUl see you tomorrow. 
              present: I'm watching you. 
              past: Who said that? 
          For each kind of time, there are three possibilities with most verbs: simple, 
          progressive (be+ -ing) and perfect (have+ past participle). 
              simple present: I start 
              present p'rogressive: I am starting 
              present perfect: I have started 
   2    verb forms ('tenses') and time          There is not a direct relationship between verb forms and time. For example, a 
         past verb like went is not only used to talk about past events (e.g. We went to 
         Morocco last January), but also about unreal or uncertain present or future 
         events (e.g. It would be better if we went home now). And present verbs can be 
         used to talk about the future (e.g. I'm seeing Peter tomorrow). Also, progressive 
         and perfect forms express ideas that are not simply concerned with time - for 
         example continuation, completion, present importance.