You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go. 
 ~ Jim Rohn

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Yesterday, my thoughts circled around trusting myself in all the various areas of my life. I was particularly drawn to a memory of climbing the Manitou Incline three years ago – by myself. As I wrote in my blog, “Lessons in Goal-Setting, Perseverence, and Confidence on the Manitou Incline, 

“There were too many times where I had believed that I didn’t have what it took to succeed…and there were an equal number of times where once I committed to do something, I achieved “it,” almost effortlessly. Surprisingly, people and opportunities aligned to assist me. And like all goals, it took longer to accomplish hiking “the beast” than I realized––2 hours and 12 minutes up, and 2 hours to descend, not the three I had planned.

Never Really Alone

Mostly I realized, I really wasn’t alone. Knowing my base camp (family and friends) believed in me, fueled me during those times when fear and doubt attempted to sabotage my efforts. Holding the sabotage at bay provided the perfect scenario for discovering just how far I could really go.”

I also realized that trusting myself is key to all of my successes.

The thoughts of the Incline, in this instance, were sparked by a conversation with Lori Geisey, author of A Moment in Time: Where Accidents Become Opportunities. Lori and I were having a conversation about her “Writable Life” for one of the segments of my upcoming podcast, A Writable Life.  

One of her goals is to help other women believe, “You are stronger than you think you are!” 

Whenever I have a conversation with Lori, I am reminded of David Goggins, the former Navy Seal and author of Can’t Hurt Me. His words have echoed through my mind whenever I search for a reason to give into my fears. One time I was in a climbing gym with my climbing coach. He led me away from 30-foot wall to a 100-foot wall. As he checked my knots, my heart raced and my palms became moist. “You’re set,” he said. Turning toward the wall, I announced, “Climb on.” I got to ten feet and froze. I took a deep breath and made one more move. “You got this,” I told myself. 

I’ve Got This

So many of Goggins’s words swirled in my mind as I took one more step and completed one more reach. I knew it was my head getting in the way of ascending all the way to the top of the wall. 

“When you think that you are done, you’re only 40% in to what your body’s capable of doing. That’s just the limits that we put on ourselves,” he says.  

I reminded myself that I was only playing at 40% on this morning’s run––just the second of the week after a very long hiatus. Months have passed since I did any appreciable cardio. Two minutes into this run and my mind was grumbling. “This is hard. I’m so tired. I can’t do this.” It was my mind playing tricks on my body. Two things kept me going: the fact that I announced I was beginning my running practice again to many friends and family members––and Frankie, my daughter’s dog who was setting a pretty fast pace. 

So, I had made the commitment to run for 20 minutes, three times a week. On my “off days” I do the rebounder for 12 minutes and weights. Yoga is for every day. Trusting myself to stick to this commitment is vital to achieving many of my writing goals as well. As I know, how I play in one arena is how I play in others.

Despite the sneaky rationalizations of my mind, I kept running. I kept my commitment to myself. And by the time I looked down at the Strava app, I had been running for 23 minutes. I went further than I expected. Now, I plan on adding at least a minute to each run. I want to see how far I can go. 

I’ve got this. I’m trusting myself.