Do you remember being a kid and playing the game “what if I…” and coming up with the most ridiculous answers? I remember playing with my brothers as a young kid and saying things like, “what if I had one eye ball and 5 arms?” Then listening to the crazy responses we would come up with about what my days would look like if it were true. These were always equal parts gross and hilarious growing up with two older brothers.
Somehow as adults we have lost the creative spirit and replaced it with doubt. We doubt our circumstances, our potential, people around us and our own belief in ourselves. This is just sad. Even more sad for those looking to want something different with their health. Why? Because we have lost the art of seeing ourselves as-if we are living the healthy lifestyle we want.
Let’s dig deeper.
If you are in the position of wanting to become healthy. And lets just say one of your goals is to be able to do 10 pull ups. I get this one all the time from women! I want you to vision yourself actually doing 10 really good pull ups. But even more so, what would a person who can do 10 pull ups be like? They would probably eat healthy foods to keep their body lean since they are actually pulling their weight up. They would most likely strength train heavy weights to build muscle. A person that could do 10 pull ups would also probably be one that workouts I would say 4-5 times a week regularly. The list can go so on and so on. But the trick is to ACTUALLY SEE YOURSELF DOING IT.
You’ve got to believe it before you can do it.
It doesn’t matter if you aren’t working out right now. It doesn’t matter if you have been stuck at one-single-damn-pull-up for months. What matters is that you are acting as if. You are doing all the other steps that add up to reaching that one goal of being able to do 10 pull ups (or whatever it may be). If you can’t think like your ideal health persona, how can you become your ideal health person. If you cant act like your future self, then do you really expect to ever reach that goal.
The goal isn’t singular.
The goal is a pinnacle of a ton of other action steps that built you up to that point.
So if you want to nail 10 pull ups, you better start acting as if. Assume that role and own it well before you become it. I give you that permission! And once you really start acting as if and take on the role of a person who nails 10 pull ups, then you will get there. I promise.
***Side note* **
Getting good at pull ups requires 3 things:
- Grip strength
- Being able to pull your body weight
- Muscular endurance
So, practice holding heavy dumbbells for max time, focus on healthy wholesome eating to aid in lowering body fat so you can build more lean muscle tissue and practice pull ups every other day in as many ways as possible!
Act as if, assume the role, take action and watch your goals become reality. But beware, it will snowball into a ton of other goal crushing steps that will make you unstoppable when you figure out the success formula!