“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Have you ever told yourself that you can’t do something? Have you told yourself that you will never be able to achieve that goal or dream you have?
Many of us feel as though we cannot achieve our greatest hopes and dreams. Why? Because we feel like we do not deserve to achieve them. We feel like we can’t become the best because we don’t have the skills and talents other people have. We tell ourselves that we don’t deserve that kind of success. That kind of success is for other people. We limit ourselves simply by thinking that we do not deserve whatever it is we desire to attain. Read that again. We limit ourselves simply by thinking that we do not deserve whatever it is we desire to attain.
WE have the POWER to change our mindset. Once we change our mindset, we can achieve those things which we never thought possible for us.
If you want that summer body you have to go get it. You have to believe that it can be yours. You have to believe with every ounce of your being that you deserve that kind of body. If you do not believe it, you will not have the self-discipline to get you to your goal.
What if I don’t believe it? What if I feel that I don’t deserve the good things that I dream about? FORCE yourself to believe it. If you want it bad enough you won’t let anything stand in your way. You will find a way to overcome. I am not sure who said this but I want you to repeat this to yourself:
I am responsible for every result in my life. If I want different results, I have to change my thoughts and actions.
You probably read over that pretty fast. Go back and read it again.
Mark Manson, one of my favorite authors, has a great view of the difference between fault and responsibility:
“There’s a difference between blaming someone else for your situation and that person’s actually being responsible for your situation. Nobody else is ever responsible for your situation but you. Many people may be to blame for your unhappiness, but nobody is ever responsible for your unhappiness but you. This is because you always get to choose how you see things, how you react to things, how you value things.” - Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Let me share a very real and powerful example to drive home what I am attempting to get across to you. Jason Redman is a retired Navy SEAL who was injured in combat. He was shot multiple times when his team was caught in an ambush. Miraculously, he survived. He underwent 37 surgeries, required 1,200 stitches, numerous skin grafts, and a tracheotomy. He could have easily given into self-pity. He could have given into the thoughts that were swirling in his head that he was never going to be himself again. But that is not what he did. While he was recovering he had a sign posted on the door to his room which said:
“Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.”
Despite all that happened to him, Redman decided to take responsibility of his life and kept moving forward. It was not his fault that he ended up in a situation like he did. However, it was his responsibility to respond to the situation he was put in after the ambush. He did not back down. He did not relent. If he can do it so can YOU.
Stop making excuses. Stop feeding the negative thoughts in your head. YOU are in control. You have the power to overcome. Start believing in what you are capable of instead of dwelling on the missed opportunities of the past and your current circumstances.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Wayne Dyer