After I crashed my car and was fired from my first personal training job, I found myself at the lowest point of my life.
(If you don't know what story I'm talking about, check it out here. )
I told myself I was a failure every day for about 8 years after that.
8 years too long.
It's pretty clear that moment in my life would be considered a mistake. A colossal one at that.
But it certainly didn't make me a failure as a human, man, son, or brother.
But I told myself it did. Over and over and over.
Until it solidified itself as fact. As sure as the sun would come up tomorrow, I was a screw-up.
Can you imagine what type of damage this pattern would have on my ability to climb out of that hole, put the pieces of my life back together and get on with doing what I was put on this earth to do?
Fear began to dominate my every decision, and that fear was accompanied by a story.
That story was a little different each time, but it always ended with me saving myself the embarrassment of trying.
"Don't do that, there's no way you can."
"That's for people who have XYZ."
"Please Mitch, don't embarrass yourself."
Sure, there were a lot of things I knew I needed to do to rebuild and regroup.
But there was a huge gap between wanting to do these things, and actually doing them.
And it was the not-so-beautiful story telling that I was doing between my ears that was the cause of all that hesitation, lack of movement, and fear of progress.
I was afraid to rise back up, to stand out in any way... I wanted to fade into the wall paper and cruise through life without messing up like that ever again.
It took me 8 years in this thinking pattern before I finally broke out from those imaginary bars I had myself locked up in.
But if I did it, anyone can do it.
So many people say they want to change the way they eat, or start training with weights, get lean, strong, and become the powerfully confident person they know they really are.
Many others are already on their way, but haven't put their whole heart and soul behind their efforts yet.
The car is moving, but one foot is still on the brake pedal.
There's that gap between wanting to do it and actually doing it. And that gap is filled with bullshit stories, fueled by fears.
People say they're lazy, or they aren't motivated. Some others say they don't have the time or the energy.
All of these are stories to backup your other stories.
What if you realized today that all of those limitations you see around you are self imposed?
What if you realized today that you put the walls up, and you can take them down?
Take a moment to think about it.
You're already focused, driven, inspired, and fierce.
All you have to do is let yourself be that. Without fear and without hesitation.
Have a powerful Friday evening.
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