Oh hey there! Ever find that you take away lessons from the most unexpected places? As I mentioned last week, I started my new workout schedule this week. After a stellar run on Monday, I completed a CST workout (chest, shoulders & triceps) yesterday which left me feeling dead in a good way…also on a major high.
For the first time in my life, I bench pressed with 22.5 lbs dumbbells! Although I have steadily been making progress, the idea of completing this exercise with dumbbells over 20 lbs has always seemed impossible. After a few warm up sets with slightly lighter weights, my trainer handed me the dumbbells for my main sets. I didn’t ask her about the weights, nor did she mention. After the last rep, I had a quick glance and had to do a double take: 22.5 lbs…say whaaaat! Training progress aside, the point I’m getting to is more to do with self–doubt i.e. the feeling of uncertainty about your ability to accomplish something.
Whether we’re talking about workouts or life in general, we all stumble upon self-doubt at one stage or another. While physical effort is necessary, our mental approach is equally, if not more, crucial. Despite all the external roadblocks which may be present, sometimes the most crippling are the internal voices…the negative, destructive thoughts which hold us back from reaching our potential and being the person we want to be.
Although self-doubt is part of any process, fortunately it is only temporary and the end-result is not defined: it can either crush you or make you stronger. Let go of these thoughts which limit your potential and instead have confidence in your capabilities. Keep challenging yourself by setting a game plan and taking action. Maybe you won’t meet your goal tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you won’t ever! The only way you will know is if you try. I believe Henry Ford phrased it best: Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.
When did you last surprise yourself with your abilities? Under what instances does self-doubt creep up?