It’s when we operate outside of our capacity. We extend just too far, we pick up a weight that’s just too heavy, we accept a project that’s just too big. Overreaching comes with a hefty price tag.
We do it because we become impatient. We can no longer reconcile the benefits of the achievement with the time it will take us to get there. We try to rush the process.
Instead of climbing down and moving the ladder closer, we stretch out beyond our center of gravity and take the fall to a painful fracture and a long recovery.
Sometimes we get away with it. That just raises our confidence that we can overreach more. There is always a point of no return.
You can test the boundaries of your roulette wheel, or you can do the work and increase your reach.