They may seem cheesy at times, but quotes and affirmations can hold incredible power to help you unlock your full potential and get your mindset right.
And once your mindset is right, it won’t take long for you realize that you’re capable of nearly anything you put your mind to.
So many of the obstacles holding us back are just in our own minds. This means we can only reach our full potential if we let go of our fears and insecurities and replace them with positive—and powerful—thoughts to help us go after our goals.
Five Powerful Quotes I Live By
Here are a few of my very favorite quotes and ones I try my best to live by on a daily basis:
The Bigger the Challenge, the Bigger the Opportunity to Grow.
So many people give up on their dreams altogether because they think that their ultimate goal is pretty much impossible.
For example, maybe you want to be able to do a pull up, but all you can do right now are some wonky push ups. Should you then just forget about pull ups altogether?
I say no, because here’s the thing: everyone has to start somewhere. Yes, you may have a long way to go, but you can start by building strength up through exercises like push ups, flex hangs, and reverse pull ups, and although it might take a while, with time and dedication you will be able to rock your first pull up.
And then just think how proud you’ll feel!
It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from what seems to be light years away—focusing on the process and taking small steps in the right direction will get you to your goal in time.
Always remember that there are modifications to every exercise. Embracing them is essential to be able to reach your goals one day.
Whether you Think You Can or Think You Can’t—You’re Right.
Our minds our incredibly powerful, but most of us generally use only a fraction of its capacity. Our actions are driven by our minds, so positive self-talk is extremely important in achieving any of your goals, fitness or otherwise.
If you tell yourself that you’ll never be able to do a pistol squat and keep repeating it to yourself, of course you won’t be able to do one, because you’ve mentally thrown in the towel already!
Fortunately, the opposite is true as well—by internalizing that you can do that pistol squat, you will be able do it. It won’t happen overnight, but by using the power of positive self talk and making it a priority, all that practice will eventually lead to you doing a pistol squat.
Believe that you can, instead of you can’t. Because whatever you tell yourself, that’s exactly how it’s going to be.
Failure is Not the Opposite of Success, it’s Part of Success.
Do you know anyone who just woke up one day and was able to do handstands, pistols, pull ups, splits, and 100 burpees in under 6 minutes with pretty much no effort at all? Sure, there are definitely people out there who are able to do all those amazing things and much more, but all of them have worked really, really hard to get there. More importantly, they have undoubtedly failed a lot along the way.
You can’t escape failing. In fact, learning from struggle and failure is the only way that you’ll continue to improve and make progress towards your goals.
If you feel like you’ve failed, don’t get down on yourself and think that you’ll never be successful. Instead, try changing your perspective and see your short-term failure as a part of long-term success—because that’s what it really is.
The Moment You Want to Quit is the Moment You Need to Keep Pushing.
You’ve already worked your butt off and have nothing left in the tank. But you’re just on your 50th burpee of your 100 Burpee Challenge and it’s so damn hard that you’re ready to give up.
But this is exactly the moment where you have to push even harder and keep going. Use your mind power and success will be right around the corner.
Here’s another example: in many of the 12 minute HIIT workouts, we do three rounds of six exercises. If you’re a Super Athlete, you can count your reps and keep track of that number right in your phone. And oddly enough, there are so many times when I’m already so spent yet by the round three, I’m still able to bust out the highest number of reps in the last round.
How is that possible? I don’t slack in the first two rounds either!
It’s because even though I’m dead tired when I’m doing that last round of high knees, or push ups, or straight punches, I still keep pushing. And it pays off.
The Trick is to Enjoy Life. Don’t Wish Away Your Days, Waiting for Better Ones Ahead.
Working out is awesome and I couldn’t live without it (though I promise I didn’t always feel this way!). But there’s so much more outside of fitness and healthy eating—you have to find ways to enjoy life the fullest, so that you don’t look back with regret later.
Some of my very favorite things in life are traveling, exploring the outdoors, reading, learning new things, making healthier versions of my favorite foods, and spending time with my dog and cat and of course friends and family. Think what makes you happy and what adds value to your life—and do that as often as you can.
So stop wishing your life looked a certain way. Stop simply dreaming about the places you’d like to see and adventures you’d like to take. Take the first step—and go actually live the life you want.
Never Give Up
Remember to always take the opportunities that life gives you and never fear trying new things. When the challenge is huge, so will be your success one day.
Whenever you are failing, take it as a lesson learned and know that failing is an essential part of becoming successful.
When you believe in yourself and work hard, you can achieve your dreams. Yet if you don’t believe in yourself, your dreams will stay exactly that—dreams.
If you feel that you can’t push any harder because you have already given it your all, that’s exactly where you need to keep working. Success is right beyond that point where things seem impossible.
And finally–don’t forget to enjoy your life. Think what makes you happy, and do those things as often as you can.
You’ve got this.