I had a breakthrough. I was “sitting” on top of the pull up rig, arms fully extended, hips against the bar, legs dangling in the air… sitting at the top of my first Bar Muscle-Up.

Now- HOLD UP!…. let’s back up a bit and review a few facts:

  1. I am 42 years old.
  2. I’ve had four kids.
  3. I was NOT a gymnast growing up.

Now. to you those facts may not mean much, but to ME I liken that to wearing a weight vest when you go for a run. Yes, you CAN run with it on, but it’s much, MUCH harder.

But somehow,  I managed to pull ONE off.

And then I did it again.

And again. And again.

Nine freaking Bar Muscles Ups I pulled off in Open Workout 19.4.

“Where did these come from?” I asked myself. I had no idea. I surprised myself.  I mean, I had been working at them- kinda half-heartedly for a long time. But nothing even close had come.  But now, let me tell you, it was …. GLORIOUS!! I high-fived everyone. I did a little victory dance. I cheered enthusiastically the rest of the heats of athletes. Wore a smile on my face AND brought home extra chicken tenders to celebrate with the family. It was awesome. All over a goal that I said 18 months earlier…. “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could get a …. BAR MUSCLE UP?!!”

And I thought, this victory feels good. But this victory ALSO has a future use. Let me share why…

  1. Victory builds confidence. Just look at the Auburn Tigers Basketball team. Final Four in March Madness this year … as the underdogs. Won despite losing one of their best players. (War Eagle!)
  2. Victory inspires you to helps others experience it too. You feel so good, you want everyone else to feel that way too. You will go out of your way to help them accomplish their goal, and are more enthusiastic when they finally achieve it because you know what it feels like.
  3. Victory makes all the work and setbacks worth it. Remember when your baby first cooed at you (my mamas) or you finally got that promotion you wanted? Made all the hard and painful labor worth it!
  4. Victory renews your hunger. It sparks your day, livens your step, and opens the thought: “Well, I did that. Now, what do I want to do next?”

So, what is your recent victory?

What has happened recently that you can build from?

It doesn’t have to be a big one like I described. Even little victories can multiply your confidence, generosity, determination and hope. Look for them like silver linings in the the clouds and you’ll enjoy all the benefits of a good win.

Keep moving!

Coach Priscilla