So, I don’t know most of you personally. I know you via FB and other social media sites. But even though I don’t know you all that well, I feel pretty confident making the following statement.
You are stronger than you think.
Physically, mentally, emotionally.
In my myriad roles as a writer, life coach, speaker, facilitator, teacher, friend, mother and wife, I have had the ENORMOUS privilege of meeting thousands of people, many of whom were willing to share a bit of their story with me.
And if there is one resounding lesson that I can take away and offer to you, it is this: Given half a chance, you will likely surprise the s**t out of yourself when it comes to what you are truly capable of.
This plays out in my personal life on nearly a daily basis. I have endured mental anguish beyond what I thought humanly possible. Physical pain (hello there three day labours that I never, ever have to experience again thankyoujesus) that I really thought might kill me. Emotional turmoil. Exhaustion of all kinds. Chronic, debilitating illness.
But here I am, not just OK despite all of these things but, in fact, stronger because of them.
I don’t want this to be a post just about some namby-pamby idea of positive thinking (which is great, by the way, just not particularly effective without action). What I’m trying to say is that sometimes, me especially, you just need to get the hell out your own way and let the awesomesauce pour forth.
Like this for an example: The pull up is my arch nemesis. I have tried for years –YEARS- to do one, to no avail. When I was playing roller derby and training hard, I managed to work my way up to 15 push-ups but the pull up seemed about as likely as a different expression on Kristen Stewart’s face. That is, not very likely at all.
Until one day a few years ago, while playing at the park with my son, I did a pull up on the monkey bars, completely without effort. So caught up in the moment I was, I didn’t even know what was happening and the second I realised, my muscles gave out and I crashed to the ground. I sat there, half laughing, and half thinking “What the eff just happened?” Have I been able to do one since? A few, but only when I don't think about it. But just knowing that I can has been enough motivation to take my training in a whole new direction and chase some big goals, like constantly putting in at CrossFit and achieving things I never dreamed I could.
But it wasn’t until I got OUT OF MY HEAD that what I’m capable of became apparent and this is where a coach can help you, by holding the space between where you are and where you want to be and stopping you before you can talk yourself out of it.
I see your fear, your hesitation, your excuses, your programming. All the things that are holding you back. And you better believe I'm here to call bullshit on you. But only if you're ready.
What I’m saying, in my very long-winded and roundabout way, is that I am begging you to really look at how extraordinary you are. Sit down and take stock of all the things you have done/are doing that you once would have though impossible. It will fire you up-guaranteed- and make you realise that you are stronger than you think.
If you're scared, good. That means you're ready. Book now for my next round of openings and let's go.