Nothing Can Stop You (But You)

nothing can stop youI am not an Ayn Rand fan but I do appreciate this quote, “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Any of us, even you, can be unstoppable once you decide that nothing CAN stop you.

Have you ever been so goal-oriented or set on doing something that in and of yourself, you became a force of nature? So determined that you knew without a doubt that nothing can stop you and I mean NOTHING.

That’s a pretty cool and powerful place to be don’t you think?

Nothing Can Stop You (But You)

I realize I have probably used up my quota of running references this week month in my Life Coaching Blog but when it comes to being unstoppable, I always reflect on these lines from my friend Brandon Fuller’s Blog which he wrote in 2010, the year that he and I both finished the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run for the first time.

One day last winter, I met up with Tony on Green Mountain, we were going back down and I asked for the wisdom on how to complete this race since its partly him who inspired me to undertake this thing in the first place. He is a 2 time winner of course. That fall in his LT100 race report he said, “On a good day, running 100 miles is fucking hard. Period. On a bad day, it’s borderline impossible.” I probed on this statement and asked how do you or I overcome that. He told me simply that you go into the race with your mind set on this statement:

Nothing is going to stop me from finishing this race.

Is pure blind faith and determination all that powerful? Just because you think and truly believe in something deep to your core, will that make it so?

I believe there are limits but ultimately I believe that, yes, all of us can be unstoppable in one form or the other. We all have that within us and it is up to each of us to decide that for ourselves.

Nothing can stop you (but you). Your success or failure in any endeavor ultimately has nothing to do with anyone else or outside influences or circumstances. It truly is ALL YOU.

Something might prove to be twice as difficult or take twice as long as well, but as long as you vow to be unstoppable, you will get there. Building my Life Coaching business is the best example that I have for myself of this… Twice the effort and time to get here but I did get here and that is mostly because I believed that nothing would stop me… or more accurately, I was not going to allow ANYTHING to stop me.

But here is the deal… and this is why I believe it is fully possible to be unstoppable… if for no other reason than I know that the opposite is completely true and that is if you believe you can be stopped, or derailed, or setup to fail… then chances are you will be. At least if you believe that nothing can stop you – the deck then becomes stacked in your favor.

And sometimes, that is all that you need…

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Annie Wooten – 17 August 2013 (Me finishing the 2013 Leadville 100 Run and the final event in the Leadman Race Series that year.)

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