Friday, December 14, 2012

For when you think "I can't"...

I can't tell you the number of times people have complimented me on my fitness or weight loss achievements, and then followed it immediately with "I could never do that," or "I wish I had the discipline/willpower/time/energy/money/desire/etc to do that."  Sometimes, when I tell people I'm training for a half marathon, they say "I can't even run one mile, let alone 13! That's crazy!"
Well I'll let you in on a little secret:  I can't run 13 miles either!!  At least, not yet.  And when I started this journey?  I couldn't run 1 lap around the track.  I couldn't do one push-up or lift more than 5 pound dumbells or do reverse crunches.  But I can now. 
I think sometimes we get so focused on the "I can't" we have in our head, that we don't realize this one thing:  none of us can.  No one just walks out the door one morning and runs 5 miles.  You have to build up to it.  You don't just walk into the gym and start doing bicep curls with the 20 pound dumbell, you have to work up to it. 
So I can't run 13 miles right now.  But I can run 5.  And soon, I'll run 6.  Then it will be 7, and 8, and 9, and eventually - I'll run 13.1 miles.  But if I focused on the fact that right now, at this moment, I can't run that much at once - I'd never lace up my sneakers.  Instead, I choose to focus on the fact that I WILL be able to do it one day.  But I have to WORK HARD to get there. 
What's your "I can't"?  You might not be able to do it today, but what steps can you take to turn the "I can't" into "I just did" in the future?

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