I did an unassisted chin up!!!!
I know this is no big deal if you’re a dude or if you’re a strong woman, but I’ve been trying to do an unassisted chin up since December. That’s five months kids.
I’ve been working on this for months with no luck. My trainer, Mel, has been pushing my legs as I struggle to lift. She did this as recently as Thursday. Now here’s the funny part. I told my husband, Henri, to get his phone camera ready just in case tonight was the night. I did the chin up!
…but his camera didn’t work.
So I did it again. Another unassisted chin up. His camera still wasn’t working. This picture is of the third chin up. Hmm. Attempting this exercise for the better part of a year with no success but suddenly I can do not one, but three? It makes me wonder how much of this was a strength thing and how much of it was a mental thing?
This reminds me of the Legend of the 4 Minute Mile.
For thousands of years runners tried to run as fast as they could, but no one could run a mile faster than four minutes. Scientists told people that it could not be done; it was not humanly possible. But then, on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister ran it in 3:59.4. He relentlessly visualized himself achieving his goal. Barely a month later (46 days,) someone else ran a mile under four minutes. Now many athletes have achieved this goal; even some speedy high school kids can do it.
Here’s what I take away from this story: once you remove the naysayers from your head and you tell yourself with certainty you can do something you can. Henry Ford was once quoted as saying, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t — you’re right.”
So here is my question I’ll pose to you: Are you ready to run past your 4 minute mile? Are you ready to push past your own mental barriers? Do you think you can? (I’ll bet you can.)
Here is the video clip of him breaking the World Record for a little inspiration.
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