I don’t mean all at once. I don’t mean in a row. Let’s say in a day?
Could you do 50 pushups in a day?
Not even real pushups! I mean, I’m not talking about imaginary pushups or virtual pushups. I just mean you can do them from your knees or you can do them standing up against a wall. Whatever.
This month, I’m participating in a challenge where I need to do 50 pushups a day, every day, for 30 days. On the first day, I did 10 pushups against a wall, and then 10 at a slightly harder angle, and so on and so on.
Today, I did 20 of my pushups as “REAL” pushups. Not only that, but I did them ALL THE WAY DOWN.
But to me, the important part is actually that I started.
I know I’ve talked about this before, but starting things is so powerful.
Starting things is probably the most important part of doing anything. Sometimes we don’t start things because we’re afraid we won’t be able to finish them. Fear drives us harder, faster and stronger than any motivator in the world. And in cases like “can you do 50 pushups in a day?”, fear is an enormous brick wall.
50 pushups in a day is a brick wall of fear.
What if I can’t do them?
Well, then I can’t do them.
Do you know what my wife would say if I told her that I tried to do 50 pushups in a day and I failed?
“Ok. That’s too bad. I love you. Go do the dishes.”
Life is about moving forward but you can’t move forward yesterday or tomorrow. All you can do is what you’re doing right now.
There’s a great quote from the great inspirational film, Kung Fu Panda;
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” – some turtle.
Success is a feeling.
Let me tell you a story.
When I was in high school I played football. One day I was talking to an older teammate who told me that he shaved his legs before games. I didn’t understand.
“If you shave your legs, you feel faster. And if you feel faster, you’ll be faster.”
So I shaved my legs. My mom came home while I was shaving my legs and it turns out I was not very good at it. There was a lot of blood.
And next game I felt faster.
I feel stronger and so today I was able to do more than I could yesterday. And that’s the goal.
The goal is not to be perfect today. It’s to be better, to feel better, and to act better than yesterday.
So…who wants to do some pushups?