This season I have been a regular watcher of The Biggest Loser and it's hugely inspiring. Week by week these people reclaim control of their lives through healthy eating, exercise and a mental adjustment of their self-esteem and attitude.
While I was watching the other week, they were showing clips from the beginning of the season. The mom and daughter of the pink team were sitting together, before they started at the ranch, and the daughter who was about 200lbs over weight says to her mom, "What of we go in there and I can't do it?" and her mom replies, "But what if you can?"
Such a simple statement but so profound. I know I limit myself in many ambitions by thinking "What if I don't succeed/what if I don't overcome/what if I can't..." But what if I can? What if I do? It's all about a mind shift.
Running is still a huge challenge for me but it's taught (and is still teaching) me that a lot of life's challenges are mental. I ran this morning the furthest distance I have in a while without needing to walk, but it was a huge mental challenge the entire way. My mind kept saying "You're tired, you should walk, you've gone far enough" but when I focused on what my body was saying, it was saying "I can, I can, just keep going!" I fought the mind game the entire way but pushed myself further than I thought I would be able to. And in hindsight, I know I could have gone even further.
So I'm going to make a real effort to have a can-do attitude in my day-to-day life, and not just with running, but with all things. Because hey, what if I can and what if I DO?