One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.

– Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Does the idea of trying something beyond your capacity excite you or scare the crap out of you? The answer really comes down to your level of willingness and your ability to focus on a positive outcome.

We all know there is a breadth of research out there that speaks of the power of positivity and that just thinking you will have a positive outcome can lead to the very outcome you desire. Vice versa, if you think you will have a negative outcome it’s likely you will. This is the power of your mindset, and in the realm of health and fitness, it is EVERYTHING!!!

So with that said, let me ask you this…

What is the difference between you and the person that is crushing their health and fitness goals?

You might say things like commitment, perseverance, ability to suffer, mental toughness, willpower or any other host of descriptive nouns that you have always related to fit people. But what if I told you that none of these things are the reason. We are not born with different levels of commitment, perserverence, abilities to suffer, mental toughness or willpower (is willpower really even a thing???), but we were born with the ability to try new things and attempt things we never have before. And the people you know who are crushing it have simply embraced this side of their humanity. They are intrigued, maybe even driven, by their willingness to try. Because they know in the trying lies the ability to succeed and to see their goals realized. They are not afraid to do something beyond their capacity, because they are willing to make the thing within their capacity, and the very notion of doing so provides more fuel to their fire.

In simple terms, these people are not at a greater advantage than the rest of us in any way, other than the fact that they are willing. They are willing to push outside their comfort zone and usually keep pushing even when the desired outcome is not immediate. Their willingness to be in it for the long haul makes all the difference, as well as knowing that they are fully capable of owning their mindset when it comes to success.

If you knew you could not fail, would you try? 

When you shift your mindset to willingness and positivity, you have told yourself you have already succeeded. You are simply going to act as if until you get there. Some might say this is a refusal to fail mindset, but it’s really not that. It’s an acceptance that anything is possible mindset. Because when you believe anything is possible, you go after the things you once thought unattainable. How liberating and powerful is that?!?!

So today think about the word willingness and how it applies to you and your health and fitness journey. Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone to reach your goal? Knowing that your mindset has the ability to catapult you in the direction of your goals, can you choose to be willing to succeed? Or do you instead stay unwilling to do what may feel beyond your capacity right now and continue to feel like you can never reach your goals?

I don’t know about you, but I want to be willing to work beyond my capacity because I know when I do, that which was once unattainable becomes that much closer to being attainable. So I urge you to choose willingness. Be open. And watch how you will surprise yourself with how much you are capable of.

Stronger through willingness,