This word sucks. It literally sucks the life right out of you. It takes away your motivation and your drive to push forward and move past your roadblocks. It’s a terrible word, and I am hereby demanding that Mr. Webster or whoever is responsible for placing it in the dictionary remove it immediately.
What I Could (Very Easily!) Sound Like…If I Wanted to Focus on My Shortcomings
- I can’t do a muscle up. (Ummm, suck it up, Buttercup. Scale it and get better.)
- I can’t do double unders. (So what?! Keep trying, and in the meantime do a crap-ton of single unders.
- I can’t do a pull-up. (You are closer than you were a few months ago. Stronger is stronger. Period. It takes time. Shut up and practice.)
- I can’t run fast. (Moving your feet at ALL is faster than sitting on your ass. Get up and move.)
- I can’t box jump very high. (Jump as high as you can, and then take a chance. Practice. Scrape your shins a little. You’ll get there.)
What I Am Very Capable of Sounding Like Every Single Damn Day
(Or…Things That Make Me Smile Every Damn Day)
- I can walk. I can run. I am healthy enough to GET MOVING.
- I can do as many single unders as my coach tells me to do. (He may have to yell. But I CAN do them.)
- I can lift heavy weight. It gets heavier every week.
- I can build muscle and burn fat and feel healthy and strong.
- I can use all the tools I am lucky enough to have—great coaches, great friends, great workout facilities!
- I can deadlift and press and clean and squat.
- I can now FINALLY do a push-up on my toes and NOT from my knees.
- I can control what I stuff into my face. (This is new…just now figuring this out, so if you see me with a french fry, kindly conduct an immediate intervention and smack it out of my hands.)
I don’t know about you, but the list of CANs in my life sure makes me a lot happier than the list of CAN’Ts.