Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

Your only limit is you

This week I had the pleasure of doing two school talks with pupils in Omagh from Sacred Heart College and the Christian Brothers.

The talks were all about looking after mental health awareness and healthy habits to improve your mental health.

I will talk more about this in next week’s article but I wanted to share with you something I put up on my final slide during the talks. It said ‘your only limit is you’.


If you grab hold and believe in this statement, then it can be very powerful. It comes down to your own mindset and in some cases experience.

I was speaking to the pupils at Sacred Heart College and I told them they could be anything they wanted. I’d say half of them looked at me like I had two heads.

At their age I believed I wasn’t as smart as other kids. Or maybe if I didn’t get into the college course I wanted I thought it was simply down to my own limitations.

Back then I accepted that English was my weak point and having dyslexia I might as well focus on PE, yet I have been writing a weekly article for nearly seven years.

Granted it took me nearly a few days to write it at the start but now I enjoy the experience even more and can get it done in a few hours.

It’s the same with reading. Give me any public speaking gig in front of as many people as you want and it wouldn’t be a problem.


Give me something to read in front of a handful of people and I will be scanning the document for words that I would find difficult.


So instead of shying away and hiding from this I take every opportunity I can to read in public and I also read every night, something I would never have done before. When relating this to your health and fitness goal the words “I can’t” or “I couldn’t” should never come into play.

I have a woman who’s been coming to my class for over six years and she has become a real superstar and role model for many.

When she first came it was always ‘I can’t do that’ or ‘I can’t do this’. She would literally freeze when trying to jump over a hurdle and say “my mind won’t let me”.

Fast forward a few years and this lady has run a number of half marathons and I know she has a full marathon in her. What a progression she has made but the biggest achievement in all of this was her change of mindset.

When she now approaches any exercise she simply puts those limitations to one side and gives it a go.

You’re not going to be smashing PBs every time you enter the gym just by changing your mindset, but rather than saying ‘you can’t’ simply say ‘I’m not there yet but I will be some day’ and work hard to achieve your goal.

My own son has been warned about saying ‘I can’t’ in front of me and when he does I always tell him he’s right.

If you approach anything with a mindset that you aren’t going to achieve it you never will, and worse again you’ll never know if you could have. I keep telling my son the famous Henry Ford quote: ‘Whether you can or whether you can’t, you’re right’.

This week while coaching the pupils from Arvalee School I asked them what they were going on to do after they left school this year. Most of them were going to college onto the STEP program but one of the pupils’ response was excellent. He said to me he was going to be a superhero!

Rather than tell him that he can’t, I asked him what kind of superhero. He said one that helps people.

Here is a young man who doesn’t have any limits and believes he is going to be a superhero that will help other people.

I really think we could all be our own superheroes and go make a difference in people’s lives especially our own.

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