Monday, November 18, 2013

Mind matters.

I had read somewhere that,

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way, you are right!”

What had just been a quote to feel good about, turned true for me today.  I had been trying for quite some time, to walk for more than 20 minutes on the cross trainer. As much as I tried, I failed every time. My legs wouldn't carry me beyond 15 to 20 minutes at a time and I had given up trying too! My old trainer having met with an accident last week, a new trainer had taken charge. He made me do the cross trainer today.

 “45 minutes” he said, setting the timer on his watch.   

“Oh, no…no… no…. sir,” I protested. “I have never been able to walk for more than 20 minutes at a stretch. I’ll try to stretch it to 25 minutes today.”

“45” he said sternly.

“But I can’t!!” I was not about to give up.

“Says who?”

“I know myself, don’t I?”

“For someone whom I have seen doing  100 counts of 8 variations each in ab crunches, 10 variations in weights and 5 in jumping jacks, all of last week, this should be a piece of cake.”  

Really?  Would it be a piece of cake?

“You WILL do it today” he said, as if he was very sure of the outcome.

I will?

I set the timer on my watch too and began the walk, my heart telling me that I will walk 45 minutes today.
The first 10 minutes were easy, then my legs began to get heavier, I wanted to stop. But it wasn't even 20 minutes. It would be a shame if I didn't even clock my regular time. So I continued walking. The trainer put on some song and it felt soothing. My steps started to fall in rhythm with the song. As I continued to walk, the heaviness in my legs began to wean off and I walked rhythmically, telling myself I can do it. He came in some time later,

“10 minutes more,” he said.

“35 minutes up already?” I asked, happy that at least the previous record had been broken.

“Yep… you can stop if you are feeling tired.”

“No, no, I’m fine,” I told him, I wasn't feeling tired anymore. I was  now walking with a renewed enthusiasm and vigor.

“Didn't I tell you, you can? It’s all in your mind.” He said his finger pointing to his head.

I smiled. He was right after all. Lesson learnt! 


  1. ya very true.. its all in our minds.. good one :)

  2. So true. Sometimes, we just need a little kick or a little push to reach our goals which we assume to be way ahead of us. :)

    1. u said it!! what a world of difference that kick makes, na?

  3. Definitely it's only one's mind that limits one's activities .. be it in form of fear or limited by thinking .. or anything else .. ! Now you had set new time for yourself to look at :)

    1. i know!!! and that's even hard to live up to!! but yea im looking at a new me and that makes me happier!

  4. Some motivation is required to arouse our will power. Very well written.

    1. true..and that also makes me think that I must keep talking positive too..who knows who may benefit out of it?

  5. Hi :

    Went through your blog and it is really fantastic, great work and keep it up. God Bless.



  6. Hey LP, I have nominated you for Liebster Award from my blog. Hope you would accept it :) :)

  7. I nominated you for the Liebster Award

  8. Well said and experienced too... it is all in the mind, truly :)


At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person..deep gratitude for those who have lighted the flame within me!! your comments will be appreciated..

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