Mixing challenge and consequence creates doubt, a thick mud that sticks to every inch of your brain and clogs the veins of both thought and action. Telling yourself ‘I can do it’ is rarely strong enough to wash away that doubt. Its okay though, facing a seemingly impassable obstacle with a doubtful mind is expedited living, super growth. A perfect position, where failure may be physically painful, but mentally, you already thought you couldn’t do it; no harm in trying. But success! Success in those moments feels like a super nova, a trillion dollars, the grand prize. Doing what you think you can’t satisfies like nothing else. Fight the thought that you can’t, because it’s only a thought. Certainty is a poor indicator of ability. Just because you know you can’t, doesn’t mean you can’t. Fear is a feeling that keeps us moving forward, go with it. Just like Teddy used to say, “Whether you say you can or you say you can’t, you’re right either way.”
Ari is a professional athlete, author and filmmaker living in Bend Oregon. He and his wife organize adventure travel trips around the globe.