Affirmations are powerful.

Limiting beliefs are weak.

This morning, while I was working out, I dropped down for some pushups. The average person can do 20 pushups. When I was in serious training years ago, I would perform pushups with a 15-pound plate on my back, so that when I would do regular pushups, I could do 60 almost effortlessly.

It’s been a while since I have done pushups, and an even longer time since I have done them with a 15-pound plate on my back, but I was warmed up and optimistic.

I dropped down, and was able to do 20 pretty easily and at 30, I began to feel it and thought that I couldn’t do anymore. I wanted to stop.

But I didn’t.

I pushed through the feeling of “I can’t do anymore” and then reached 40. And then 50. I had to really reach down and push to get to 60, and I did.

How many times have you been at the gym, at work or at school and thought, “I can’t do this” or “I can’t do that” and then you stop? It’s happened to all of us.

The secret is that you can act differently than how you feel.

Push through it.

Say “No, thank you” to your limiting belief.

Muhammad Ali said, “Suffer now and spend the rest of your life as a champion.”

Now, doing 60 pushups probably does not qualify me as a champion, but that’s not the point.

It’s the principle. I am training myself to act differently than how I feel.

That’s what champions do.

Why would you condition yourself to give up?

Why would you tell yourself you can’t do something?

What if you asked yourself a more powerful question, like, “HOW can I do it?”

If you remember nothing else from this blog entry, remember this…

Success doesn’t come in bottles, it comes in “CANS.”

You can do it.

Leave your comments below.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


Have you ever heard someone sing a song and that song gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day?

Of course you have.

Top athletes use affirmations, and they work the same way. Instead of replaying a song in your head, replay a powerful statement, like…

“I am a strong, confident person who thrives under pressure.”

“I let the past and the future go, all I am focused on is the present moment.”

“If I give full effort, I am a champion, regardless of the result.”

Create an affirmation that will resonate with you, and get it stuck in your head.

Then you’ll REALLY be singing because you will begin getting winning results.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


If you want to become successful (which I know you do because you’re reading this blog), cut these three words out of your vocabulary.




You CAN’T win if you use the word CAN’T.

You will NEVER succeed if you use the word NEVER.

It will be IMPOSSIBLE to reach your goals if you use the word IMPOSSIBLE.

Homework: Today, use words and phrases that will motivate you, not words and phrases that will de-motivate you.


Confidence is one of the keys to success. There are many sources of confidence, such as hard work, body language, past achievements, etc.

Try giving yourself a steady diet of positive thoughts and affirmations, throughout your day, and especially during competition. You get what you focus on, but unfortunately, most people focus on the negative, or what they don’t want to happen.

Here are some sample affirmations:

“I am a confident athlete who goes all-out, whether I feel like it or not, and inspires others to do the same.”

“When the pressure is greatest, I love competition the most.”

Your affirmations: