This is a topic that has been on my mind a lot recently.
Last weekend I "competed" in an women's Crossfit competition. Although I had no illusions about winning (or even placing), I still intrinsically wanted to do my best, especially for the sake of our team.
There were a few movements that I was really worried about. It's not like in class where you can do a modification or scale the weight. You really don't have a choice - you either do it or not. An amazing thing happens when you don't give yourself the option to do less... you sometimes surprise yourself. I walked away from that competition with so much more than sore muscles and close-to-last place. I left with the realization that I can do more than I think I can. I left with the knowledge that although I generally work hard in class, I also let myself off the hook.
Do you let yourself off the hook? Does your internal dialogue sound something like this?
- Well, they have been working out longer than me so I can't do what they can...
- I'm already eating well, so I deserve to eat this...
- I am tired and taking a walk to get my to my 10,000 step goal would just be too much...
Your mind is a powerful thing and it can be the most limiting part of your whole body.
If you've been "trying" for a long time and can't seem to move the needle on your goals, maybe it's time to get some outside perspective. Ask your friends, family, workout buddies, or co-workers - "Do you think I can do more? Where am I selling myself short?" I'm so lucky to have so many people in my life who believe in me more than I believe in myself. Those are the type of people who make you better.
Do something this week to stretch your limits!
Here's a secret ... Once they expand, there's no going back.