Lately I’ve found that the secret to being able to do something is to mentally not overthink or pre-frame it first.
I’ll give you an example from weightlifting. There are times when I start to mentally psych myself out of executing a lift when I know how much weight is on the bar because I start to think, “oh, that’s heavy, I haven’t done that before.” But other times, when you start at 80% of a weight you know you can hit and gradually build up reps handling the weight from there, it’s surprising what you can do.
Fun fact, I recently did this while doing a 5x back squat and got up to 170 lbs. Five times, down and driving up on 170 pounds! And I currently weigh 125 lbs!
The mental coaching I had stepping up to a loaded iron bar was “Cut loose. And stand up.”
This got me thinking later; what kinds of limitations are we placing on ourselves? In our work, our relationships, especially in the relationship we have with ourselves. If all limits are self imposed, it’s only yourself that’s holding you back.
Remember, if all else fails, the song Footloose by Kenny Loggins will definitely help you cut loose 🙂