“I was told I couldn’t clean&jerk 400lbs, then it was he’ll never hit 440lbs, next it was 475lbs, now it’s he won’t touch 500lbs… People will always doubt The Point Is: when you prove God Right instead of proving People Wrong you’ll be just fine” - Kendrick Farris
I read this quote on Farris’ Facebook page and it got me thinking. It got me thinking about something called Faith.
There are countless athletes at the elite levels who credit their Christian faith for their success: athletes like Tim Tebow, Rich Froning and weightlifting’s own Kendrick Farris.
These athletes put their egos aside, put their trust in something bigger than their own separate selves, and find that they are able to accomplish what might seem impossible to most.
For them, their faith is in Jesus and a Christian God and that’s awesome. But, I believe FAITH itself holds power.
The first and second definitions of faith on Dictionary.com are: 1. confidence or trust in a person or thing. 2. belief that is not based on proof.
In weightlifting, there is much to have confidence and trust in: the process, the training, our coach, our bodies and our selves.
If we constantly doubt, constantly buck up against those things that are essential to our pursuit, success will come slowly if it does at all.
There is no proof we will accomplish our weightlifting goals. We can predict based on our strength, on those who came before us or on what our coach tells us, but there are no guarantees. Our goals require our belief without proof and our faith if they are to come to fruition.
There is a reason why Faith makes miracles. And I believe it’s because when we have confidence and trust in something completely, when we believe in possibilities without proof, we are able to lift, to train, to compete in the present moment.
The present moment – not lamenting over the past or pining for the future. Free from ego, free from self doubt and fear. In the present moment where both acceptance of what is and simultaneously transcending it both live.
I know that my faith has made the impossible become possible many times. And that truth is entirely applicable to weightlifting, and better yet, validated by it. In each and every moment I choose to have faith, in the process, in my training, in my coach, in my body, in myself and in something that is bigger than myself I take a step closer to my potential and more importantly my happiness, my joy, and my most fulfilled life.
“I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” - Matthew 17:20