…until it’s not.
Humans are funny sometimes. Some overestimate their current abilities and underestimate the work it will take to get to a particular achievement, while others underestimate their abilities, and overestimate the work required.
Both scenarios can lead us to the conclusion “I can’t do that.”
If you know me, you will know I’m not a big fan of the word “can’t”. Not when others say it about themselves, not when peers say it about someone else, and when someone says it about something I’m trying to achieve- look out.
Maybe you’re thinking of going back to school, or have a huge project ahead of you at work. Or maybe it’s something in the gym like working toward a double bodyweight deadlift, or jumping onto a 20 inch box for the first time.
People are doing these things all the time. Sometimes they’re scary, and most times they take a lot of work; but when you want something, work toward it, and achieve it- you’re in motion. You’ve got momentum. It doesn’t stop there. You check off the box, celebrate your efforts and move onto the next thing.
Every now and then I see something that just blows my mind. Like, can’t even comprehend how it’s possible for someone to do that. In 2010 I saw a performance of Cirque Du Soleil and had my mind absolutely blown (see video below).
It’s almost impossible to even fathom- but remember we are seeing the final product. The full A to Z.
At one point, even the guy in the video would have repeatedly failed A to B (getting on the slack line to get the routine started).
That thing you want to do is impossible NOW, but it won’t be for long if you keep moving forward.