What I learned today – What have you already told yourself you can’t do

I was in yoga class yesterday and there was this new guy right behind me, who walked in the room already decided about the class – it was going to be hard, painful and he wasn’t going to do most of it. After we finished the pranayama breathing, he started talking to his girlfriend (who was right beside him) completely ignoring the teacher, moving around and disturbing a lot of people in the process. Now the teacher is this awesome woman, who’s been practicing yoga for about 40 years and has been teaching for about 20, with a soft voice and that peaceful look on her face that only people with a peaceful soul can have. So she mentioned that there’s no talking and no disturbing of the other people and that the class is a moving meditation where you do as much of the postures as your physical body allows. And then the guy says in a very loud voice: “I won’t be able to do most of the postures!”. Keep in mind, this was his very first class so he didn’t even know what the postures were. And then I heard Georgia’s soft voice saying “What had you believe that you won’t be able to do them?”.

What I learned?

A lot of the times we decide the limit of what we can do before we even try doing something. We say I CAN’T a lot more times than we say I’LL TRY or I’LL DO MY BEST and we sabotage ourselves before we ever begin the game. And then we find excuses to reinforce that and we convince ourselves that there’s no way we could do that thing. I think that’s one of the reasons for which I think kids are so amazing. They don’t analyze, they just take action. Imagine if a child would analyze the effort it would take to learn to walk or to sit up straight. They would even try doing it countless times until it worked, they would just decide it can’t be done.

So next time you have a tendency of saying THERE’S NO WAY I CAN DO THAT, just say I’LL DO MY BEST TO DO THAT and see what happens. I’m willing to be you’ll be surprised.

4 responses to “What I learned today – What have you already told yourself you can’t do

  1. That is so true. I haven’t even started yoga and I already have that impression about it – that it will be hard and I can’t do it. But you are right about changing the mindset to change the results. I’ll give that a try. 🙂


  2. Hey Jim,

    Thank you so much for the comment. Yeah, we do have the tendency to decide things before we have any idea about them ;). Let me know how your first yoga class goes :P.


  3. Thanks Yank. I miss you :).

    When we forget, we need to remind ourselves or have amazing friends around, that are willing to remind us of who we are every time we forget.


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