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.

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Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center