Set Your Mind

Instead of falling asleep last Thursday night, my brain decided it would be a good idea to keep me up by playing “Lose Yourself” by Eminem on a loop. Listen, I don’t know why or what happened, but eventually I got to the very end where he says “you can do anything you set your mind to man”, and I stopped to ponder.

Being a child of the 90s, raised at the height of participation-trophy style parenting, I’ve obviously become quite familiar with this phrase and others like it. But I’m not sure I previously understood what setting your mind to something means. It’s not like a one-time thing, it’s not just saying out loud once “I have decided to accomplish this goal”, instead it is a constant and often taxing process.

Setting your mind requires sustained supervision. Reminding yourself again and again of your goal, picturing yourself there, feeling it happen before it manifests. I believe in the power of the mind but accessing any part of that power is work. Work that is often beyond what we expected or are willing to do. So yeah sure you can do anything you set your mind to but also honor the fact that doing so will require a tremendous amount of intentionality on your part. Work that in the end couldn’t be more worth it.