‘It’s not what you are that holds you back,’ says entrepreneur Denis Waitley . . . ‘it’s what you think you are not.’
The fact is: Those who believe that they will never do well in a particular area probably never will. Those who believe they are not good at anything will never be good at anything. But those who believe that it is possible to succeed at what they attempt can surprise themselves. Let me tell you about a man who learned that important lesson.
Joe was ready to retire. His wife Clare, however, was less enthusiastic.
As she explained to a friend . . .’Joe is lazy, he has never done anything that required physical exertion. He has never been good at anything! He never played golf, mowed the lawn or even washed the car. When he retires, he will sit in his recliner chair and expect me to wait on him hand and foot’.
But to Clares’s surprise, soon after Joe retired, he joined a health club & fight gym. And one night, when Joe arrived home from training, he announced, ‘I signed up for the wrestling tournament. I am going to wrestle Friday night.’
Clare was in disbelief.
‘Are you kidding me she said?? You can’t even wash the car! Please don’t do it, Joe,’ she begged. ‘You’re not in shape. You will get hurt and end up in hospital!’
However, he couldn’t be dissuaded and she told him that if he went through with his ‘lame idea,’ she was not going to watch.
True to her word, she stayed away that Friday evening as Joe wrestled. And not quite as bad as she thought but two men practically carried Joe home. He lay down on the couch, every muscle strained, bruised & sore. Before she could speak, he sputtered, ‘Don’t say a word! This is not the worst of it. I won tonight. I have to wrestle again tomorrow night!’
Joe believed he could do it and he did, though, in this case, he didn’t think through the consequences of winning. As Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said, ‘People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret.’
The first secret . . . Believe in Yourself.
Nothing changes in your life until you believe you can do things that are important to you. And if you have a low opinion of yourself, nobody else is likely to raise it.
Try out the first secret and you might surprise even yourself.
Believe in Yourself
CrossFit SFS, Hume, ACT