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Hugh Jackman: Push Past Your Limits

When Hugh Jackman hit adolescence, his body rebelled. He grew 12 inches in one year, and as he told me, “I was this 14-year-old beanpole.” In a cricket match that year, the beanpole reached up for the ball, twisted, caught it… and passed out cold.

“I’d completely ripped out all the muscles at the base of my spine,” he says. “They’d been stretched to the tearing point because the bones had just gone crazy growing. They simply grew too fast for the muscles to keep up.”

It took two years of hard work and rehab for Jackman, now 6 foot 3 inches, to feel strong again. He’s been dedicated to core conditioning ever since, especially given the physical roles he’s taken on for film and Broadway. The experience also brought something to life in Jackman: a pursuit of challenge.

“Testing yourself is the only way you find out what you can really do,” he says. This mindset helped him eventually bench press more than 300 pounds and leg press 1,000 during his training to play Wolverine in the X-Men films (X-Men Origins: Wolverine is scheduled for release in 2012).

Jackman says his internal drive is not about goals, per se. “In this country, people are all about setting goals. And I concede, to a point, how it can help you get going,” he explained to Men’s Health magazine. “But we limit ourselves with goals. We have far more ability than we give ourselves credit for. How can you maximize the use of your mind? You see that in people under pressure. How does someone run a 100-meter race at the Olympics? When it’s once every four years, with everything they’ve done leading to that? It can’t just be adrenaline. Maybe it’s just the mind getting out of the way.”

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How to Move Beyond Your Limiting Beliefs

Don’t let your mind stand between you and success. Try this simple, four-step process, recommended by Jack Canfield in The Success Principles, to transform limiting beliefs into empowering beliefs.

Identify the limiting belief that you want to change. What beliefs are keeping you from achieving the success you desire?

Determine how the belief is limiting you.

Decide how you want to be, act or feel.

Create a turnaround statement that affirms or gives you permission to be, act or feel this new way.

Once you’ve created a turnaround statement, repeat it several times a day for at least 30 days. Combine your new belief with positive action and get the results you really want.

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