I once had a client that said her physical goal for the year was to be able to do 1 push up. (It was April, so she had a solid 8 months to prepare for the day). When I asked her when the last time she tried to do just 1 push up was, she replied “never”. I said “you have never tried to do 1, and your goal is to do 1 by the end of the year”? She simply said “yeah”! I immediately said “you’re not going to wait until the end of the year, you’re going to do 1 today”. She looked at me like I was asking her to kick the ball into the end zone at the Super Bowl during a tied game, and said “I can’t do that… I have never even tried”. “My point exactly”, I said. “If you have never tried, then how do you know that you can’t”?
This was a light bulb moment for my client. She automatically assumed that she couldn’t perform the push up simply because she was afraid of trying (and ultimately failing). But without trying she also assumed that she could wait until the end of the year and it would just happen without so much as one practice run.
I’m sure you can guess how this story ended. She left the gym that day as if she had kicked the ball into the end zone and won the game by herself. Not only did she get down on her hands and toes and completed the full push up, she did it flawlessly. The previous 50 lbs. she had lost was now energized with a sense of strength and accomplishment and she knew that the next 75 lbs. that were necessary to take off, would be a challenge she would be up for and would conquer.
She went on to lose the last 75 lbs, and became an advocate of exercise to her family, friends and everyone that she ran into on the streets.
So, I ask you to try…..Today! Put your fears aside and go for the win. After all, you can’t have a win until you suit up and get into the game.
Good Luck and I’m here to help motivate you!!!
In Health and Happiness,
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