The one that says you Can’t.
What do you do with That Voice?
Do you listen to her when she says you are too slow? Too old? Too crazy?
Do you take her to the gym and leave her in the car while you work out only to listen to her on the drive home as she prattles on about how hard that workout was and how maybe you should take a few days off?
Do you let her stay inside your head rent free? Is she using up all the hot water in a 60 minute shower, downloading porn on the free wi-fi, drinking milk from the carton and never putting her dirty dishes in the dishwasher?
Can’t – Verb – Contraction of Cannot. An auxiliary verb expressing incapacity, inability, withholding permission, etc. can not
I have had my eye on the Around the Bay Road Race for the last few weeks. It’s 30km and takes place at the end of March when our Canadian weather is unpredictable. It’s more than twice the distance I have run in the past and it’s 7 weeks before my first half-marathon.
It is the oldest road race in North America and I want to run it but That Voice is quietly telling me I can’t. It’s too cold, too far and too soon before the 21.1km I have committed myself to in May. I just can’t seem to pull the trigger on signing up and submitting my fee.
So instead I have signed up with a personal trainer who has completed multiple Ironman’s and Marathons. She will help me develop a plan to run farther than I have ever run before so I can feel confident when I sign up for this race. She will push me, encourage me and help give That Voice her eviction notice so I can sign up for Around the Bay.
Eviction starts tomorrow.
Have you heard enough from That Voice and started her eviction notice by surrounding yourself with people who fill your thoughts with “I can do this.”?
What was your toughest mental challenge and how did you overcome it?