After a long weekend of camping with the boys Becky had an excellent idea, end the weekend with some yoga on Sunday night at Root Down. It wasn’t until part way through the session that I realized what the little sticker right underneath my face said. If you haven’t been to Root Down before there’s a little sticker on the floor marking the spots for you to set up your mat. In most cases I’ve just gone kind of blind to them and don’t really pay any attention. Today was a little different.
Joshua was our instructor tonight and he routinely has a pretty difficult workout planned for us. Tonight was no different and it wasn’t long before I was sucking wind hard. At one point I was on my hands and knees and I happened to see the sticker right in front of me and it immediately put a quote from “The Lego Movie” into my head and I smiled… To quote the Master Builder Vitruvius, “Believe… I know that sounds like a cat poster but it’s true.”
If you haven’t seen the clip, check it out here. Do you have any idea how tough it is to focus on yoga while hearing the voice of Morgan Freeman coming out of the mouth of a talking cat?
As the smile started to fade I just kept focusing on that word. Believe… “I believe I can do this.” “I believe I can try this.” “I believe I can hold this pose for one more breath… for one more breath… for one more breath…” The word kept echoing through my head and I I kept believing in myself. By the end of the workout I had pushed myself harder than I had for a long time. I had tried new poses that I was able to successfully hold for at least a few seconds. As I attempted my first headstand since I was a kid I kept thinking “believe.” And I did, and then I did. There were plenty of fails and times that I had to pause while others moved on so I could gather my breath, but it was better than normal. I kept believing in myself.
During the final rest the word “believe” continued to pound in my head, it was the only thing I focused on. How much stronger am I when I believe in myself? What do I need to do to build my belief in myself in certain situations so I can believe in myself? If I stay focused on three of my core values (grit, growth mindset, and do right) can I believe in myself all the time? When do I not believe in myself and what is the result? All of these questions kept coming to mind and I just smiled… I believe I’ll figure it out eventually. 🙂
Thank you to the person who had the foresight to put the sticker with the word “Believe” right where they did, it was an excellent way to end the night… And very motivating to stare at when my dripping with sweat forehead was collapsed on the floor.