Changing your limiting story and three basic handstand drills

Hey there,

The stories we tell ourselves about who we are often limit us.

For example, my story used to be that I was shy, weak (physically and mentally), and unable to deal with failure.

Your story might be that you’re not the type of person that could be fit. Or that you could never move away from your hometown, change careers, or take risks.

These stories can come from anywhere. They can stem from a single comment from a bully in third grade. They also come from our families, the town and country that we grew up in, and society as a whole.

These stories inevitably shape who we become. But we can change these stories to become the person we really want to be.

The first step to changing your story is to take action, no matter how small.

Act as if you are already the type of person you want to be.

For example, if you want to become strong, do the things that strong people do.

This might mean you start day one doing a single push-up against your countertop because that’s what you can do right now.

It might not seem like much, but do this consistently, and you’ll get stronger. Over time, as you continue to challenge yourself, you’ll have changed your identity from someone who can’t be strong to someone who is strong.

But you have to start with that first step.

What I’m reading —

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova

At first glance, this is a story about how Konnikova, a journalist and PhD in psychology, went from not knowing how many cards are in a deck to competing in the high stakes World Series of Poker. Of course, it ends up being about much more than that. Konnikova learns many life lessons along the way, most of which we can apply to our own lives, whether we play poker or not.

A quote that inspires me —

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” — Bruce Lee

What I’m training —

Here are three simple, effective exercises to help you build strength and endurance for handstands.

Three new workouts — 

Bodyweight Jump Rope HIIT Workout (12 minute, jump rope)

Bodyweight Burner AMRAP Workout (AMRAP, equipment-free)

174 Rep Dip Strength Workout (Time challenge, dip bar/parallel bars)

You can get these and all future workouts right in the 12 Minute Athlete app when you subscribe as a Super Athlete.

Questiozs? Feedback? Content requests?

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– Krista

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