Friday, July 15, 2011

Belief

Yesterday's swim included a 10 x 50y set on 50 second intervals. I had never been asked to do that and I knew it would be tough. I was nervous and thinking maybe my coach had confused me with someone else. But I realized he wouldn't have included it if he didn't believe I could do it. He believed I COULD do it.

And I did it!  On the last few I barely had time to press "lap" on the watch and head off again, but I kept coming back to the fact that he believed I could do it.

Maybe it's seen as a shortcoming that I don't have all that "belief" in myself. Or maybe it shows courage to use someone else's belief in me to bolster my own.

This morning I worked out with Kurt and hit chest and arms and it's the same thing with him.  He challenges me with things I sometimes shake my head at. Today's 40 lb incline dumbbell press might fall in that category, but I figured if he thought I could do it, I must be able to, and I did :-)

It's important to believe in others too as I've witnessed how that tiny seed can grow into tremendous things! It may only take a few words.

I look for opportunities to tell others I believe in them. Sometimes it just takes suggesting a 5K race (or marathon) to light a fire in a person! So many people sell themselves short and some words of encouragement can make a big difference.  As a parent, I show my kids I believe in them. I don't encourage totally unrealistic expectations, but I tell them when I know they can do something hard or scary!

I will add the belief I derive from others to the belief I have in myself as the volume and intensity of my training continues to build. I'll need it, next week's training plan already looks pretty scary!!


who's gun? click me!

I had no pictures for this post so took this one as a tribute to Nia Shank's great series on "How to be a beautiful bada$$".  Come on, ladies, believe that you can be strong and build muscle and go after it!!

5 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny how we trust others so much more than ourselves sometimes? When Max trains me it's the same thing -- he'll say, "No, do pull-ups with no assistance" or "let's add 10lbs to your squat" and I'll be like oh okay! If *you* say so! Hm.

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  2. @Sable
    I wonder if there are gender differences there? Hmmm... Do guys look for others to believe in them? I will say that I suggested a 5K recently to a fellow I only spoke to casually and he made a point to seek me out and tell me he signed up! So maybe?

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  3. now those are some guns and I'm impressed! I think its a good reality check, believe in ourselves first!

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  4. now THAT is an arm! :)
    the belief thing is interesting. from a trainer's point of view i have people try to convince me all the time that there is absolutely no way they can do a certain exercise or use the weight that i give them. after i talk them into doing it, turns out they could do it..and a lot better than they thought they could. i'm not sure how relevent that is, but i think our minds play a lot of tricks on us convincing we can't do things :P

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  5. @sweatanddirtThat's the gift of a good trainer, really. I once read that "we can run twice as far as we think we can" and I believe that sort of thing too. We are our own biggest limiters.

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