Sunday, April 3, 2011

Get The Sledgehammer Ready

Breaking Down Mental Barriers

Steve Decker

This past month’s rowing challenge has really made me think about the way our perceived physical barriers can be shattered by willpower and determination. When ChrisFit first started Death Row classes, a challenge was issued to the members to take 1 Sunday morning and row 10,000 meters straight. A few brave souls showed up and pulled for the better part of an hour and managed to accomplish that epic feat. They were congratulated, and then claimed that they would never do something so insane again!

This past Thursday, Rich and Tod rowed 100,000 meters in 1 day.

Let that sink in for a moment.

By sheer determination, those two managed to demolish a perceived barrier that was previously thought to be sheer madness. A year ago 10k was awesome, and now 10 times that amount is the new awesome. Similarly, the Jacob’s Ladder barrier of 30 minutes straight was thought to be insanity. Then, Sue did over 2 hours on it without a break! Another example: I was once scared to let Lynn deadlift over 135 lbs. Now a deadlift day where she does anything less than 250 is considered to be an “off” day. The list could go on for a while, but I think the point has been made. What we perceive as a physical barrier is nothing but a mental block that can be overcome by the human spirit.

The next time you let the words “I can’t…” enter your thought process, take a moment and reflect on this idea. Sometimes all we need to do is buckle down and ask ourselves how much we really want to accomplish something. The answer is always there, you simply need to ask the right question. It’s like the Adidas commercials say: “impossible is nothing!”

Go break down a barrier for yourself.

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