Today, I was going to release a new post either on omni sets or muscle imbalances. But something happened in my life that I thought was impossible.
It is something that is reserved for elite gymnasts and acrobats.
Mine was to do ten unassisted handstand push-ups in a row. I’ll be honest with you, a part of me thought I would never be able to do it.
I achieved it last Thursday!
I guess I am so surprised by this because I was struggling just a week beforehand. My wife and I went to Toronto for a weekend getaway. I decided to try the handstand in the CN Tower and I absolutely stunk. I was so embarrassed. There were about forty people around us checking out the glass floor. I decide to do a handstand and could barely hold it (that’s me on the right fumbling for my balance point).
The Adrenaline dude can’t even do a handstand. Nice. Great marketing for your website, Todd.
Then, all of a sudden less than two weeks later, I achieve my 12 week goal. Wow!
Achieving your own personal “impossible” is not about riding a smooth rocket up to your target. It’s filled with peaks and valleys. The key is to ride out the peaks and valleys and stay consistent.
Three People That Fail
People can be categorized into one of three different categories. Each one of these types of people will fail, but for different reasons.
Person 1: Never Tries Anything
This is the person that doesn’t believe they can do something so they never try at all. They may see something that they want, such as to live a virtual lifestyle, start a business or get a great body. Yet, they think, “I could never do that.”
This person fails because they never achieve anything great. Because they never even try.
Person 2: Tries But Gives Up When It Gets Hard
This person actually steps out of their comfort zone and tries something. However, they run into difficulty and say, “This is too hard. I’d rather stay in my comfort zone.”
This person fails because they lose confidence and reinforce negative beliefs that they can’t do anything.
Person 3: Tries But Gets Lured Away By The Next Shiny Object
This is the category that I have to be most careful of. I frequently fall into this category, trying the latest technique without letting my current plan take root. Do you fall in this category? I bet a lot of you do too.
This person fails because they delude themselves into thinking they are actually progressing.
How Do You Break Your Impossible?
Below, I have listed five steps to help you achieve your impossible. I know there are a lot of you out there that have unfulfilled dreams. You have inert talents living inside of you that need to be expressed. They need to be shown to the world. But you are your biggest stumbling block.
You think you can’t do it. I’m here to tell you that you can. Kill the voice inside of you that says, “You’ll never be able to do that.” Just go out and do it.
Here are the steps.
1. Choose A Target
There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” You must have vision for your life.
Below is a picture of one of the walls in my office. It shows my “What Does Failure Look Like?” poster and my “What Does Success Look Like?” poster. I look at these every day. This helps instill the vision of success in my life. It drives me. It motivates me to push harder than I ever thought I could push.
2. Believe That You Can Do It
You must tell yourself every day that you can achieve your impossible. No one will give you the belief. You have to find it inside yourself.
3. Find Your Plan
This is actually the easiest step, yet most people make it the most confusing. There are so many options out there for building muscle, losing body fat, doing bodyweight tricks. It’s easy to become a deer in the headlights. Find something that looks good, have faith that it’s the right plan, and just do it.
4. Stick To Your Plan
This is often the most difficult step. Either the plan gets too difficult, life gets too busy, or a new shiny plan pops up.
Make the sacrifices necessary to stick to your plan. Through hell or high water, just do it.
After giving the plan enough time to work, reassess and decide if it’s working. I emphasize that often a plan may take two or even three months before you notice a difference in strength, size, trick ability, etc.
Time is the greatest multiplier. When I was in Karate class as a teenager, I once asked the instructor how long it would take me to get good. He told me that progress is like stacking pieces of paper on each other. Each time you practice you put another piece on the pile. At first, you don’t notice the growth of the stack. After multiple times, however, you start to see the pile getting larger.
There is nobody on this earth that is more special than you. If you desire something enough, then go out and take it. It’s amazing what can happen when you devote yourself to a cause, and stick with it long enough to see it through.
You will achieve things you never thought possible.
For me, it was ten handstand push ups in a row.
P.S. This is what my desktop on my computer looks like (click the image to see a larger version).
See your vision. Now go out and get it!