If you don’t know, I’m vegan. And I haven’t been for long (since January). If you did know, then now you know even more. I’m not going to talk about why I’m vegan in this post (I did that before). Instead, I’m going to focus on how I’m vegan. OK, I sort of did that before in the same post, but it’s an important point that can be applied to so many things.
I read an amazing book – Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra (get it at Amazon and help support this site) – that included much focus on a vegan lifestyle and the benefits it brought. It wasn’t the first book by a vegan ultra-athlete that I’d read (Scott Jurek’s Eat & Run is another great one), but there was something in it that motivated me to give it a shot more than any other book.
So as I was reading one night, I started to think about how I might be able to do it. My mind went to the usual response people give about how hard it would be, what I can’t – notice the word choice – do it, and all the things I don’t want to give up. I stopped myself because I was doing what I coach people not to do. I was making something impossible before even trying it – before even allowing the possibility of possibility. If it was impossible, then how are others doing it?[tweet_box design=”box_12_at” pic_url=”http://www.newbodi.es/img/twitteravatar.gif” author=”#enlightenyourbody”]Everyone can #DoADay and make something #impossible #possible.[/tweet_box]
So I literally said out loud, [tweet_dis]“I can do a day.” It’s just a day. Anyone can do a day[/tweet_dis]. I decided right then, right there. I had no planning, hadn’t shopped for it or anything. I figured if I could do a day without any forethought or planning, then surely it could be easier than I’m making it out to be.
Spoiler alert – it was easy and actually enjoyable. That’s what I focused on in my post on the ‘why’ of it. It’s simpler than how I’d been eating because it took less mental energy to figure out if something is ok to eat than the slow carb approach I had been living for a few years. The results were also pretty astounding in terms of my body composition (I had been stuck for a while with body fat above my target despite plenty of exercise and smart eating, and then going vegan unlocked things and I got right back to my targets pretty quickly).[tweet_box design=”box_12_at” pic_url=”http://www.newbodi.es/img/twitteravatar.gif” author=””]We all have ‘#impossibles’ in our lives. The truth is they’re just #mythical beasts[/tweet_box]
So I did a day. And that’s where the lesson lies. We all have ‘impossibles’ in our lives. And the truth is, they’re mythical beasts, taking their power from the power we give them when we use words like “can’t” and “impossible”. When we say things like, “Oh, I could never do that.” Or, “I wouldn’t dare do that.” My wife and I have a joke where if either of us says, “can’t,” the other says, “Not with that attitude.” Usually, it doesn’t fit the context, which is why it’s a joke, but the phrase really does apply. When you turn something into an impossibility, you ensure you will never succeed at it. Whether it’s diet choices, exercise choices, a job you want, a person you want to ask out, being kind to others, not getting road rage or anger when you’re stuck in traffic…the list is literally endless.
So take a look at your life. What things that you feel you should or want to be doing have you turned into impossibilities. Take one of those things – just one – and do a day. Show yourself how that impossible is possible. Once you do, let that success create more success. Turn that day into another day. Find another impossible, and do a day.
When you do, share it with others. Use the hashtag #DoADay and help inspire others to test their own impossibilities.
Take the first step to do a day, and you will enlighten.your.body.