You Can Do it (even if you think you can’t)
I want to share a personal story with you about my husband Stephen, to illustrate something very important. When he turned 40 he set a goal to start powerlifting and compete in it. He now holds national records as well as a world record (in his division in the deadlift) and yes he trains consistently, he follows a diet that supports him and he gets lots of rest, but that’s only half of the story.
For many people starting a sport at his age may seem too late and with his physical build he may have seemed unsuited to the sport he chose, but this is exactly the reason for this blog. We set boundaries on ourselves and commit to certain timeframes, without ever realising that we actually have a choice to disregard these limitations. No doubt you have heard of individuals who seemingly beat the challenges set before them and who do something extraordinary. The only thing that separates them from others is that they made a choice to do it.
What you don’t see when Stephen lifts is what’s going on in his mind. And when he rips a couple of hundred kilograms off the platform, his mind is lifting right there along with his body. Without this approach he would not lift the weights he does and would freeze at the idea of continuing to push the boundaries of what he lifts.
And whilst you may not wish to be a powerlifter or take up any sport, this applies equally to anything you want to do, especially those things you think you couldn’t possibly do.
On a daily basis, I work with people to expand the way they see things and to help them achieve goals they didn’t believe possible. I am always amazed at the power of what you can do when you engage your mind in a positive way, as well as how easy and natural it feels. It’s a wonderful feeling to conquer something that you previously struggled with or had never thought possible.
So my message to you in this first post for 2015, is not to set your usual goals for the year ahead. Instead stretch the possibilities of what you think you can achieve, throw out that social conditioning that tells you you can’t or shouldn’t do it and go for it!
Even if you don’t reach your goals, the most important thing to remember is that you had the courage to challenge the possibilities. Just this action alone immediately puts you a step ahead of everyone else who wasn’t willing to do this and expands your mind to what you can achieve when you focus on something – you might even surprise yourself.
Be very clear about this one thing – there are no boundaries, except those you set on yourself and of course if you need a hand getting there you know where I am!