In life, there are no obstacles or challenges that you can’t get around, jump over or walk right through. As soon as you say “I can’t” your mind has already mentally shut off and you have accepted defeat.“
In fitness, we are made stronger by the challenges we face, but we have to decide to face them. If we avoid these opportunities or give up, we will never grow. Once we have decided the challenge is too great, we have already lost. We essentially create the outcome we are trying to avoid. The same can be true in other areas of our lives. This valuable lesson was taught to me by one of my clients.
As a mental health counselor, I help individuals with disabilities prepare for employment. This job allows me the privilege to hear many inspiring and heart wrenching stories about struggle and perseverance. The story of the man who said this quote was one of those amazing stories. He suffered a tragic accident that resulted in the loss of most of his hand. However, if you had the pleasure of meeting this man, you would instantly know he had decided not to be a victim, but to persevere. He reframed the way he looked as his life and chose to find ways around his challenges, instead of succumbing to despair. If we apply this outlook to other areas of life (fitness, relationships or work) think of what we can accomplish!
From a fitness perspective, I have seen this play out in the weight room. When I’m at the gym my goal is to lift weights and get stronger. But sometimes if I’m honest, I let myself get too comfortable. I look at that heavier dumbbell and I think, “I can’t lift that much.” Even if I attempt to lift heavier, if my mindset is already in “I can’t” mode, I really can’t do it! Amazingly enough, we are capable of much more than we think! Case in point, Sunday I was doing a superset of hip thrusters with leg extensions with the leg extension machine. The weight I was using was significantly more for hip thrusters. Well after doing my hip thrusters set, I forgot to lower the weight and what do you know, I was able to do the leg extension with 20 more pounds on it!
What I hope you take away from this is our mindset matters. The story we play in our heads about our circumstances has a direct impact on the outcome. So today, remember you can find a way around that obstacle. Keep trying, keep pushing and don’t give into that voice in your head that says you can’t.