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When Your Mind Says, "I Can't", Tell It To "SHUT UP!"

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Thursday, August 08, 2013



Did you really read what that quote by Thomas Edison says? It says, "If we did all the things that we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Is that true? Would you literally astound yourself if you did all of the things you were capable of? If you could unshackle your mind for one minute and embrace all of the possibilities within yourself, do you think you would be astounded? The answer is...

YES!

How many times on your journey have you told yourself that you can NOT do something? If you are anything like me, it has been more times than you can count! It is probably more times than you care to admit. You know you have said all the things in the book; "I'm too heavy", "I don't have the energy", "There is no way I could do that". Why not? Why can't you? You can't because your minds says you can't! I for one am calling shenanigans!

So when your mind says, "you can't", I want you to tell your mind to "SHUT UP!"



This is particularly true when it comes to exercise. Now I know that some people have physical limitations that do not allow them to do certain things, so this may not apply to you in the same way, but I am sure it can apply to some aspect of your journey. Maybe it applies to trying to give up soda for example. Does your mind not allow you to give up the caffeine and sugar? Tell your mind to "SHUT UP!"

When it comes to exercise, this is something that I have had to deal with, especially lately. I am really trying to get myself into running. Running is basically a four letter word in my vocabulary! Growing up and playing sports, running was punishment. Running was what happened when you messed something up and the coach yelled at me to "take a lap". I have had a negative outlook on running my whole life. It doesn't help that I am big and I feel awkward doing it. It doesn't help that I am slow. But what hurts my running efforts the most, is my mind! It is my mind that says I can't! No! Not anymore! I want EXTRAORDINARY! As of now, I am telling my mind to "SHUT UP!"

When I weighed 509 lbs. and I set a goal to lose 210 lbs. I did! Back when I started doing Insanity at 430+ lbs, my mind said that I could not do it. Guess what? I did! Seriously, I did Insanity at 430+lbs! I look back now and really wonder how I did that but I don't really need to look any farther than the first quote of this blog by Thomas Edison, "If we did all the things that we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." I really did astounded myself!

I had it within me to be my change. Do you know something? You have it within you to be your change! You may have to put in some extra time and effort, but believe you me, your change is within you!



I will leave you with this today. When your mind says you can't do something, don't let it win. DO NOT let your mind bully your body into thinking it can not accomplish something! You dig down deep and you find that change within yourself! You get that change out and you tell your mind to "SHUT UP, I AM DOING THIS!"

Embrace Your Possibilities

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BLUEJEAN99 8/10/2013 1:23AM

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-AIMIE- 8/10/2013 12:15AM

    amen.

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MARYJEANSL 8/9/2013 10:40PM

  Very motivating, thanks!

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JIBBIE49 8/9/2013 8:40PM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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POUNDSAWAY73 8/9/2013 7:03PM

  How true! Even if one has physical limitations, one still can exercise. There are chair exercises and stretching bands too. One has to put mind over matter, just like I need to do. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 8/9/2013 6:22PM

    Yes.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/9/2013 5:25PM

  emoticon for the GREAT advice!!!

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CICELY360 8/9/2013 5:23PM

  good blog

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/9/2013 4:35PM

    Right on time!!!! emoticon emoticon

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RITEEBEE 8/9/2013 2:42PM

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Amazing blog and so true!!

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MRSRIGS1 8/9/2013 2:14PM

    I will NOT allow my mind to bully me any longer! In fact, today on my walk, I surprised myself by running a few blocks. A few weeks ago, I didn't think I would ever be running because of pain. But, I did it today in spite of the pain. emoticon Thank you for reminding us to remind ourselves emoticon and to tell our minds to "Shut up!"

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ROCKYCPA 8/9/2013 2:08PM

    Thanks for sharing - great ideas!

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/9/2013 1:06PM

  Oh Brad, you've changed your whole life by training your thoughts and actions to obey , so darn AWESOME !!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSEATTLE 8/9/2013 12:30PM

  Thank you for the important reminders and encouragement! TGIF and onward!!

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LINDAK25 8/9/2013 11:23AM

    You are so right! Congratulations on your weight loss. You've got a great attitude!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/9/2013 11:15AM

    emoticon great blog.

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LADYSHERRY 8/9/2013 11:09AM

    Thanks for the help

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PENOWOK 8/9/2013 10:51AM

    So true- the mind is powerful and always saying the negative. It's a battle!

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PAULINE1123 8/9/2013 10:51AM

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WEDDWT 8/9/2013 10:34AM

    My niece is running in a 10K this weekend and I sent her your blog title.
You are a emoticon motivator! Thanks for sharing.
Now go "take a lap" (just kidding)!

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GARIANNA1 8/9/2013 10:29AM

  DID YOU REALLY LOOSE THAT MUCH WEIGHT....

THOSE WORDS "SHUT UP" REALLY WORKED HUH

YOU'RE RIGHT WHEN WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING THERE IS ALWAYS THAT DOUBT...THAT KIND OF SHUT UP IN US ALL...

LET TODAY BE THE DAY TO RELEASE IT FROM OUR VOCABULARY...

THANKS FOR SHARING... emoticon

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DIANNEMT 8/9/2013 10:01AM

    Fantastic quote!!

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JANEMARIE77 8/9/2013 9:58AM

    so true we really need to listen to are thoughts

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SCRAPBECCA 8/9/2013 9:29AM

    Wow, just wow! emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/9/2013 9:29AM

    SO true...thanks for sharing!

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NEWTINK 8/9/2013 9:17AM

    This is wonderful and yes it is so hard sometimes but you can do I can do it we can do it emoticon

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MIMIDOT 8/9/2013 8:34AM

    Boy, did I need that today! Thank you for sharing. I will tell my mind to shut up!!!!

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LCRUMLEY81 8/9/2013 8:27AM

  great post

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MOMMY445 8/9/2013 8:14AM

    what a great blog,Brad! what a great quote by thomas edison! i will definitely not give up when my mind says i can't do something,in all areas of my life.

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SANDICANE 8/9/2013 8:12AM

    Silly silly thing...in spite of all my accomplishments...sometimes my mind DOES say I can't!

Ok, I won't listen...onward we go....

Cheers,
Sandi

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/9/2013 7:49AM

    What an inspiring, emoticon blog. I want to read it every day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/9/2013 7:45AM

    Yea!! Another great blog, Brad!! You are nailing it again!!! emoticon

BELIEVE and ACHIEVE!!!!!! emoticon

Another thing that I say to myself to help my stink in thinking mentality is.......Eating unlimited amounts of food gives me an unlimited body....Eating limited amounts of food gives me a limited body...! Which body do you want!? Yea...I want that limited, healthful, beautiful body!! emoticon have a rockin Rollin fantastic weekend!!

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IDICEM 8/9/2013 7:42AM

  I love bossing my mind around! Thanks for the great pep talk!

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BOSSONBABE 8/9/2013 7:18AM

    Another great post. Thanks again for inspiring!!!!

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CHERYLHURT 8/9/2013 7:06AM

  I can see where I sabotage myself, it has become a way of life...

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BESSHAILE 8/9/2013 6:44AM

    An employee of mine said to me once, as I was dithering about going to the gym .... "I'm tired. It's raining. Do I go to the gym? do I go home? Gym? Home?"

He said "If you are having that conversation it probably means you NEED to go to the gym."

KAPOW

If you are having that dithering conversation about running ... it means you NEED to run. and I bet you always do the things you need to do, don't you.

Fabulous luck to you.

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MONGO2TEN 8/9/2013 6:41AM

    I never thought I could run - I finally signed up for my first 5k and was hooked. Last year, I ran my first half marathon. I can't wait to do another one.

~Nancy

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TRYINGHARD54 8/9/2013 6:28AM

    I can sure be my worse enemy at times....

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SHERYLP461 8/9/2013 6:22AM

    I love the quote, it is something to remind ourselves about all the time!

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JBASKETT63 8/9/2013 5:13AM

    Well said and thank you for your words. You are a great inspiration!

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SUSANK16 8/9/2013 4:28AM

  Like the comment "Embrace your possibilities!"

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CMCGRUN 8/8/2013 11:44PM

    Wow!!! This is one of the BEST motivational blogs I have ever read!! It brought tears to my eyes. I am constantly telling my kids that sometimes we have to do things weather we like them or not. That's what a mature, responsible person does. People need to know they can count on you. Your blog helped me see that i need to follow my own advice and be responsible to myself by eating healthy and exercising. I need to tell myself to shut up and do it!!! This is a very empowering message, Brad. Thank you for this blog.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/8/2013 11:01PM

    Wonderful!

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