Yesterday I was part of an online conversation about someone who is chasing down their dreams and will be competing with me in the Fall. She, like myself, is going to be taking it slow and has more ‘excess fuel‘ to burn off than is advisable to do in 12 to 16 weeks.
The smile that crossed my face when I read the news threatened to break my face in half.
She is doing this thing.
Many people congratulated her and cheered with me as we celebrated her decision and commitment. One person who participated in the cheering decided that she would like success but isn’t worth it.
It went something like this….
‘Congratulations. I am so proud of you. You can do anything…I wish I could do that too.‘
When told she could do it and that anything was possible, she responded in a way that made my heart sink.
‘No. I can’t. I suck and could never do it.‘
I wanted to reach into my computer screen and shake her.
Shake her HARD.
The urge to reach into the computer and shake her until her brain hurt more than just a wee bit was nearly palpable in my living room. I put my hands on my hips and sputtered out loud to no one in particular, ‘What sucks is your attitude. You are right. You are NEVER going to go anywhere thinking like that!”
My index finger started to waggle in frustration as I reread the post.
This is not going to come as a surprise, but I am an all or nothing kind of a woman. This is why I love bodybuilding. Workout, get fit, get healthy? Sure. I will see your healthy lifestyle and raise you an intense diet, fake tan, stripper heels, and bedazzled bikini.
Anything worth doing is worth DOING.
For years I decided to be right about being overweight, unhealthy, and unable to achieve my dreams in any area of my life.
- Everything was impossible, and I was right.
Now when I tell myself that something CAN be done and that I was ‘doing this thing‘…guess what?
- Everything is possible, and I am right.
What you tell yourself matters.
Change your mind, change your world.
Choose to see what can be and chase it down with your whole heart.