Why The “Anything Is Possible” Quote Bullshit You Hear From Athletes And Other Inspirational People Is Meaningless.
I’ve never subscribed to the ‘Anything Is Possible’ cliche in regards to running. You see if everywhere nowadays in advertising, motivational blogs and even in race names.
It’s a flowery statement designed to shill shoes and shit to the gullible.
Now I know what you’re thinking.
“Lighten up Angry Jogger! It’s only meant to inspire people who are feeling a bit low in themselves! Besides, It isn’t meant literally!”
I understand that it isn’t meant literally. The proponents of ‘Anything Is Possible’ aren’t suggesting that I could ingest a violin in one gulp, shit it back it out, before playing a note perfect rendition of ‘Stairway To Heaven’.
But that doesn’t stop it coming across as overly gimmicky.
Plus it still doesn’t mean anything at all. It’s just comforting noise like *coochie-coo* to an infant or *awww* to a cat.
An alternative idea to “Anything Is Possible” that actually means something.
A more helpful idea is to challenge the negative assertions you’ve made about yourself over the years.
For instance I held the following as true about myself and my life up until 2010.
- That I would be lazy forever and do nothing with my life.
- That I was a victim of circumstance. That my restless mind and awkward disposition would get me nowhere in life.
- That I couldn’t essentially be happy on my own terms.
Now, if someone had said ‘Anything Is Possible’ to me 2 years ago I’d rightly have scoffed at them for spouting meaningless hippy bullshit.
When you’re 280lbs, living in a shitty one bedroom apartment and eating sugar sandwiches for dinner, all you focus on is hiding yourself from the depths that you’ve sank to.
The last thing you want to look to it is the future when you’re miserable in the present.
Most people don’t want to look to the future as it scares the living fuck out of them.
When you’re starting out with running you can barely envisage getting past that first run without dying.
But over time and with a little bit of soul searching you knock down those false ideas you once held to be true about yourself.
By 2012 I knew that
- I wouldn’t be lazy ever again as I’d found a true love for running.
- That I may have a restless mind and an awkward disposition but I can use it to my advantage to write about my thoughts and about my running.
- That I can only be happy on my terms.
Once you start challenging and removing false ideas about yourself, you can make your life better little by little with a bit of effort. Progress might seem slow at first, but you will eventually gain momentum and will want to imagine and then plan a future for yourself.
Then all of a sudden things might start to move too fast.
Be careful of falling into the “SHIT! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” mindset if your life begins to improve dramatically.
It’s easy to feel that way in the dreamy cocoon of the post-wank-glow. But those feelings don’t reflect reality.
After all, if anything’s possible, what’s stopping Adolf Hitler from turning up at your door step in a pencil skirt and tennis shoes, for your nightly 2-hour cross-continental sprint to München?
Not just death and logistics m’afraid.