If you can’t, then you must!

Wanna know what this picture represents to me??

This picture represents the boundaries I am busting this year! 

As you may know, I am very passionate about living as a champion in every area of my life. (As opposed to the popular path of excelling in one area while neglecting other areas of your life.)

I am extremely committed to living a life without limits and learning how to push past any and all past limitations that I have allowed to keep me from fully achieving my life’s potential and dreams. 

One example: physical strength.

I am a lifelong exerciser and have excellent cardiovascular health, thank Gd. However, I have grown up with a voice inside my head that says “The women in our family have never had upper body strength”…as if it’s a life-sentence and I shouldn’t even bother.

Awhile back, I became aware that this is actually OLD PROGRAMMING that is not serving me. It is keeping me stuck in an unnecessary limitation that I actually have the power to change if I decide to. Based on this awareness, I spent a great deal of time analyzing and evaluating every area of my life in search of other small (or large) limits that I had unknowingly accepted as lids on my life. What did I discover? Holy moly, the list is long! 

So this picture represents my decision to change/move/lift/breakthrough those limits. This picture represents my decision to break through all old limitations on my life. This picture represents the transformation from who I used to settle for in myself into who I want to be.

Now here’s the embarrassing truth: at the present moment, I am strong in many ways, but I cannot do a pull-up to save my life. I’ve talked about it in a few posts and asked for help from a few people. But as the late, great Jim Rohn says, “No one else can do your push-ups (pull-ups in my case) for you”.

So this year I’ve made it one of my 5 goals for 2020: to be able to do 6 consecutive pull-ups fully unassisted by the end of the year!! 

I started a couple of weeks ago, and at the present I am just hanging from the bar. Today I finally worked my way up to trying pull-up negatives, which means I stand on the chair for support to position myself in a pull-up position above the bar; then I move my feet off the chair & hang on for as long as I can above the bar.

Y’all. You would die from laughter if you saw me attempting this. As soon as my foot left the chair, I couldn’t even hold myself above the bar!! I literally was in the “negative” motion direction the entire time. More like “falling with style” as Buzz Lightyear says ????. But I won’t let it stop me. I will get there!! 

We’ve adopted a new motto into our household that says, “If you can’t, then you must”. It means that we choose to work VERY HARD to eliminate any “can’ts” from our universe. I’ve never been able to do a pull-up IN MY LIFE. And THIS is a sentence that I will change this year, with the help of Heaven. I am no longer willing to settle for this limit. And I know that by busting through this barrier, I will find the corresponding strength for breakthroughs in other areas of life as well. Physical strength, mental strength, and emotional strength combined make for one strong mama!! This is a new version of superwoman status that I aim to achieve this year!!! 

What about you?! What boundaries are you breaking? Let’s do it together!

All my love,

Chaya XOXO

Chaya Ben-Shabat
Chaya is a mom, entrepreneur, success coach, athlete, student, dreamer, and world traveler.   She is also the founder and CEO of an up-and-coming international school system, designed to revolutionize global education.  She works with highly determined women to help them bust through their obstacles, discover and channel their inner superpowers, and master the tools and skills necessary to design and create the life of their dreams.

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