kick-in-the-pants

You are more impressive than you think you are.

And you can do more than you think you can.

Way more.

More than other people tell you is possible. More than even you can imagine. More than every New Years resolution you’ve ever made, more than every dream you’ve ever had, every seemingly pie-in-the-sky goal you’ve ever made.

Because here’s what most people won’t tell you: you haven’t been dreaming big enough.

Everything you’ve ever thought possible for yourself was based on thinking of yourself as an amateur. Based on the feeling that you aren’t good enough, that you’ve hit your upper limit and you can’t do any better because this is who you are, an amateur, a pretty-good-but-never-quite-amazing athlete/dreamer/person.

But here’s what you have to realize: you’re the only one holding yourself back.

You. Not your genes, not your unathleticness, not your age, not your weight, not whether you’re male or female, you. Your own fears and doubts are the only things holding you back from being the athlete—and the person—you were meant to be.

You are the only reason you’ve never done a pull up. Not because you’re a girl, or because you have long/stringy/weak arms (I can relate to this one), or whatever other excuse you’ve made up for yourself. Your own mindset is the only thing holding you back from cranking out pull up after pull up.

You are what’s stopping you from finally hitting your double unders. Not because you’re uncoordinated, or slow, or too overweight, or too skinny, or too unathletic. You’ve already told yourself you can’t do it, so your body and mind listen.

You are the reason you haven’t done a pistol, or a handstand push up, or whatever other “impossible” exercise you’ve seen but have yet to accomplish.

And no, I’m not suggesting any of this should be easy for you. These things are hard. I’ve been working at them for years yet I still can’t get a full handstand push up, can’t seem to push past my pull up plateau, can’t do a muscle up/planche/one arm handstand—but that’s ok. Because I am 100% convinced that if I keep at it, I will get there one of these days. Little by little, I continue to make progress—and if you stick with whatever your own goals are, you will too.

So today, you have a choice.

You can continue living your life as an amateur, as someone who puts limits on what you can accomplish, someone who never allows yourself to reach your full potential. In this option, you’ll live out your life as a shadow of the athlete and the person you could be, and settle for the safe and the predictable.

Or…

You can commit all the way. Go all in.

You can decide to get rid of your upper limit thinking forever and stop putting limits on your accomplishments.

You can stop saying, “I can’t,” and replace it with “I will.”

You can finally become the superstar you were meant to be.

If you choose this route, if you finally step away from the safe and easy path and decide on the challenging one instead, you will suddenly find that a whole world of possibilities open up to you, and accomplish the previously impossible.

It won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.

So what will you choose?