I had a client the other day complain to me that he couldn’t do something I was asking of him. I reminded him there is a man with no arms and no legs who goes fishing.

I had a friend of mine complain that she didn’t feel like she could get ahead in life. I reminded her there was a man who lived on the streets with his young son while he climbed the ladder of success in Wall Street.

We can set our sights on our feet or we can set our sights on the sky- where you look is where you will go.

Becoming overwhelmed in the moment is understandable. To feel like what you’re trying to achieve is impossible, or that the goals you’ve set are insurmountable. Everyone can empathize with that feeling- we’ve all been there.

You’ve built your mountain over months and years, its now time to deal with it. You can take the long way around, or climb over, or with enough dynamite even through it- but it has to be dealt with. If you walk away, say “it’s too big or not doable” a piece of you remains to wither and die. Why? Because you’re everything you say you are, or say you are not.

You ARE the mountain

And you build that mountain up by the ‘I can’ts” and “it’s too hard” and “I’m not good enough” – and the more you feed it, the bigger it becomes. Change what you say to yourself, and your whole world changes.

Replace the “I can’ts” with “I can’s”. Replace the “it’s too hard” with “I can find a way” and overcome your mountain- stop making it bigger, find a way, and do it. Today could be your last day on earth- how are you going to live it? Put your big kid pants on, get ready for the day, and believe that you can overcome anything you set your heart to.

“Where there’s a will there’s a way”

That mountain could really be an ant hill if you choose it to be. If a man with no arms and no legs can go fishing, what are you capable of?


Shawna Norton

My mission is to help everyone I can become the healthiest, strongest versions of themselves. I am a Crossfit coach, athlete, Health and Nutrition coach, Movement Rehab Specialist, and a grad student completing my masters in Kinesiology with a focus on integrative wellness.

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