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Pushing Boundaries


Going beyond your limits, pushing yourself and stepping over your shadow all seem very commendable aspirations. While there are occasions where this is the intended meaning, the more common us of this term is to ask someone to commit to a goal that is not achievable due to constraints outside their control. The underlying "you're not trying hard enough" message will typically force the recipient of such a message to commit to unrealistic goals, particularly when facing senior managers.