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Beyond Limitations

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Sunday, May 26th, 2013

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ID+for+FranchisingPHCheongju, South Korea–Bodybuilding is one of the most demanding ‘sports’* I know. Imagine the rigorous training a bodybuilder must go through to develop all those muscles and to maintain them. Building muscles demands both physical and mental discipline. After all doesn’t the mind control the body?

He Didn’t Listen

One glorious spring day when I came back to the apartment where I am staying here in Cheongju, South Korea after a leisurely walk along a nearby stream, I turned on the TV and what was on that time was very inspiring. It was about a Korean man participating in a bodybuilding contest. What made me paused and looked at the show closely is that this man instead of staying in line with the rest of the contestants was all over the stage. He couldn’t stay still and hold his pose for longer than a moment. He was walking around the stage like someone walking off a caffeine overdose.

What made me sit up and take notice is that this man was born with mental disabilities which also interfered with his physical development. And yet, this man persevered, joined a ‘sports’ a lot of people had told him something that is out of his reach, beyond his physical and mental abilities. Thank God he didn’t listen. And now here he is prancing around the stage like he was born to it and inspiring me in the process.

Sky is the Limit
How often have we heard this? How often have we actually applied what it means in our daily lives? I, for one, haven’t. For some reason which I hesitate to share with you all, I find myself pulling back whenever I am about to do something I don’t usually do that I have to in order to achieve a goal.

There are a lot of people who have triumphed against impossible odds (dramatic a bit, but I love drama) who we can look for inspiration whenever our motivations fail us.
Just look at Fauja Singh, a record world holder marathoner for his age bracket. He started joining marathons at age 89. This year after completing the 10-kilometer Hong Kong marathon for just a little over one-and-a-half hours, the102-year-old marathoner announced his retirement.

Or just look at Dilys Price, 81, who is not letting age prevent her from doing extreme sports. She is Guinness Book of Records oldest female skydiver.

There are so much more stories like theirs. All we need to do is look for them or in this age, Google them whenever we need that extra boost.

Do you have a physical or mental limitation that in spite of which you are striving wholeheartedly towards what you want to achieve most in your life?

Interesting Money Facts.Speaking of limitations, did you hear about the P132 million lotto winner from Cainta, Rizal who borrowed from a friend the money he used to buy his ticket? Imagine if he was too shy to ask his friend for that P80-loan? He would be P132 million poorer.

Though this interesting money fact may not be the best example of someone overcoming impossible odds, my point is that don’t let yourself be a slave to your excuses. This lotto bettor didn’t have the P80 he needed and he wasn’t shy about asking someone for a loan where most of us would have just said, “Oh shoot! I forgot my money. Next time na lang.” The next time you’re late for an appointment because it’s traffic, don’t use that excuse. Does traffic controls you? The thing is you probably chose to leave later than you should have to arrive on time.
*There are opposing views on whether bodybuilding is a sports and whether the people who engage in it should be called athletes, but honestly I don’t care. What I care about is that for one to be a successful bodybuilder a person needs to have extraordinary mental discipline and that is what’s important. If only all of us have the same level of mental discipline successful bodybuilders have, then our lives will be much different.

Liza Gaspar is a wealth coach and personal finance enthusiast. She spends her free time helping out with the projects of the Rotary Club of Makati McKinley (rcmmckinley.org) and the Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardees (grlawardees.org). Visit her Web site at thegirlninja.com, email her at liza@thegirlninja.com, or visit her at facebook.com/annalizagaspar and TheGirlNinja.com.


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