Today I’d like to talk about breaking through barriers.
Mental ones. One that we place around ourselves.
We can also call this “shattering beliefs” or “overcoming adversity”.
It has a lot of names. Because it’s imperative to growth.
This is why mindset is important and why it matters.
Because if you want to SEE IT you have to BELIEVE IT.
A little narrative for ya:
This weekend I broke a big barrier for myself. I’ve always been athletic, but running was never my gig. I have been working on keeping my brain in balance and what has really helped me in the past is running.
But I only ever ran around 1 or 2 miles. That was a big deal for me. That meant I was getting it done. That was enough.
But it was also all I thought I could do.
So about a week or so ago, I broke 3 miles. That was a game changer. It meant that “THE LIMIT DID NOT EXIST!” the limit was, in fact, in my mind.
So last weekend. Last Saturday to be exact, I set out to do the impossible, I wanted to run 5 miles.
I put on my headphones, I have been using the Nike Run Club app. (highly suggest it) so that I had coaching in my ears and something to track my time. I procrastinated for 2 hours and I finally got to the bike path. And I started.
At the end of that hour, I had run 5.43 miles.
I had changed my beliefs by proving to myself I could do it.
Next weekend, I’m running 7 miles and then 10. All the way to half marathon distance.
Why? Because I want to know that I can. That I can manage my brain around an impossible goal and break through that barrier. This isn’t so much about running as it is knowing what is POSSIBLE.
I literally believed that I would never tackle that distance. And here I am, on the other side.
So how can you apply this to your life?
Do you have beliefs that you “can never weigh” a healthy weight?
Do you have beliefs that you “can never make” that amount of money?
Do you have beliefs that you “can never _____” fill in the blank?
Because I want you to challenge that mentality. Because human potential is limitless, we create, build and solve problems all day long. To quote Marie Forleo “Everything is figureoutable”
Recently master coach Brooke Castillo did a podcast about “Impossible Goals” and my biggest takeaway from that episode is this:
The answer to achieving the impossible is in our daily tasks.
By doing what’s possible every single day, whether that’s sticking to our diet, sticking to our plan, showing up for work, learning the lessons, even FAILING, that is the path to the other side.
So be patient, be clear, strive forward and CHECK YOUR BRAIN. Because that idiot will tell you all the false beliefs you’ve ever believed to be true about yourself. Whether they still apply or not. We will talk more about that later.
Have a good week everyone. Til next time,