Want to do more, but think you can't?
Sometimes I have people ask me how I do it all. Work a full-time job, run my own company with multiple interest (marketing consulting, e-commerce, etc), spend time with my wife, spend time with my son, work out, cook, clean, do laundry, do yard work, manage a social life, yada yada yada.
I know that I do a lot. It feels like there is always something clamoring for my attention. I enjoy the life I've built although I have a tendency to overstretch my limits and push myself too far.
But I'm okay with that because that's how you're able to do more. You stretch yourself further than you thought possible.
I'm imagining competitive eaters in this scenario. Think about the Annual Nathan's Hotdog Eating Competition that takes place on the 4th of July. Every year, the top couple competitors are able to stomach north of 50 hotdogs (plus buns). FIFTY. I can manage 3 before I start to feel it.
The way these competitive eaters get to this stage is by stretching their stomachs. They eat big meals, let it digest and then repeat. They eat bigger and bigger meals until they get to the point where that gullet can store 50 or more hotdogs in just a few minute span (and they usually don't throw up either).
That's how I view my personal capacity. I used to have a really low tolerance for projects, responsibilities, and work to be done. But as I've gotten older I've taken on more and more and more. 23 year-old-me could NEVER handle the load I'm currently managing. He would have collapsed in a pile of stress sweat and fatigue.
If you want to do more or get more done, then take on a new project outside of work. Take on a side project that pays you even if you're not 100% sure you'll have the time for it. I guarantee you'll find the time and a way to get the project done on time.
We often underestimate ourselves and what we're capable of. I know I do, that's why I continue to take on new stuff and stretch myself further and further. I want my reach and impact and results to grow exponentially.
Ideally as I take on small increments of more work or responsibility my upside and reward will be 10x or more of the small increase in my load.
So push yourself. It's not hard and you'll thank yourself later.