Art thou afraid
To be the same in thine own act and valour
As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’,
— Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth.
In other words, will you live your life a coward, forever saying “I can’t” when your heart says “I want”? While I’m generally not in support regicide — the action Lady Macbeth is encouraging in her husband — there is something to be said for taking action especially when you are afraid to.
When it comes to weightlifting, your FEAR is your biggest enemy. I’m not talking about the fear of getting hurt under a big weight. I’m talking about your fear of not being capable. You believe that OTHERS are capable of reaching big goals. The question is: do you believe that YOU are capable of reaching your goals. Answer this honestly, take note, then force the answer to be a resounding YES.
For a while, you’ll need to fake it till you make it — acting the part of someone who believes in themselves. Along the way, you’ll realize you were right all along: you can do it. While there is much technique to learn, and much physical strength to be gained, your negative emotions (about yourself!) are the hurdles that have the greatest power to crush your progress.
Turn this around: crush your negative emotions, thoughts, and talk about yourself to zero. Kill them — no mercy.
Now go lift something heavy,
PS. Perhaps Macbeth isn’t the best role model…
PPS. The ladies in the picture above are Marina, Tamara, and Shannon — the ladies of Asheville Strength Legion.