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Don't Assume You Can't

Alright, welcome back everyone. Many of you may have seen this past week I took my dad and a few friends up the stairway to heaven, which for those of you that don't live here in Hawaii, the stairway to heaven is a fairly intense hike climb with just over 4000 stairs that goes up the side of a mountain so it's quite a lot of elevation gain, about 2400 feet of gain. Since then I've had a lot of people come up to me after seeing the pictures and say

“oh man your dad is amazing, he's 75 years old, there's no way I could even do that”

and it got me thinking about how people automatically assume they can't do something. I see this all the time when working out with clients and I ask them to do an exercise, and they automatically assume “No I can't do that” but when I persuade them a little bit more and actually get them to try it, then many times they surprise themselves and say “OK I could do that, it wasn't too bad”.

So that's one thing I want you to have in your head as you go forward. Don't automatically assume you can't do something, give it a try and see what happens. You may not be able to do it, but at least you tried. If you're going out for a hike, give it a try, if you don't make it to wherever the final destination is, that's OK, at least you gained some experience and then you can go back and train a little bit more, do whatever you need to do, and the next time you go out you'll make it even farther.

So dont assume you CAN'T do something, it's just a matter of figuring out HOW to do something. You may not be able to do it right then that day, but eventually you can do it. My dad proved that, he trained hard and yeah we took it slow and there was no rush, but he still accomplished what he set out to do. So get out there, try new things, and go surprise yourself. Have a good week!

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