What Doesn’t Challenge Us Doesn’t Change Us
The world of fitness can be scary when you’re new to it. What doesn’t challenge us doesn’t change us. I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before…And it’s true. How can you expect change when you keep doing the same thing over and over? Maybe we should figure out why something scares us. Is it a fear of failure? Judgement by others? Not being good enough? Not meeting a specific deadline? Or even success?!?
Fear of failure has always been my hold up. Growing up, I failed at very little because I attempted very little. I tried dance and gymnastics but was usually too sick to attend practices. It wasn’t until I found music and joined band that I found something I was good at music, but I was nervous all the time. Long story short on my college audition, while I was accepted into the music program I was told “no” on my preferred degree study of music performance. I completely quit music at that point. I’ve dabbled in again since then, but do not play like I used to. Fast forward many year, and it took me a very long time to do anything new. I was afraid of rejection and failure. I didn’t even identify that until recently. Having goals in my personal life has helped me AND my marriage.
Scary Is Good
- Trying something new challenges our bodies in brains in a way that they haven’t been challenged before. For me, attempting something I had never done before and seeing that I COULD do it gave me a great deal of confidence. I can’t do everything, but I try it…and if I want to get better, I try some more.
- You can make new friends. I’ve made friends on line and in person through trainings and conferences because of fitness. I get to talk with my team and see them on video every couple of weeks. It’s a great way for me to connect with others when I might not otherwise meet people because I’m busy with my family. I make the time though, and I look forward to our meetings. Most of us are moms and we don’t ‘just’ talk business. It’s a great support system.
- Talking about a support system: you have your very own little cheer leading squad. Women supporting women. Mamas supporting mamas. We’re in the trenches. We get it, but rather than excuses we make things happen.
- You’ll realize you’re way tougher mentally and physically than you ever gave yourself credit for. When you come to this realization that you CAN set goals and achieve them, it makes you feel strong. I feel stronger mentally and physically than I’ve ever felt in my life. Part of that is my faith: reading my Bible and talking with God. But the other part is the new, fun outlet of the world of fitness He showed me.
- Seeing that I’m able to reach physical fitness goals has helped me realize I can achieve my business goals, and truly that’s scarier than the physical side for me, but it’s given me the confidence I needed to push in that area of my life. I’ve also become a better wife and mother and feel even more capable of running our household. Even my husband noticed. Don’t believe me? Step out of your comfort zone and TAKE THE CHALLENGE HERE!
Being The Best Version Of Yourself
If you want to be better…if you want more Then you’re going to have to step out of your comfort zone. YES! It will be uncomfortable, but to achieve something you’ve never done will require you to do things you’ve never done. Consider how children are excited about things. (I leave my childhood out of it because I was literally scared of anything and ridiculously shy.) But generally they’re excited about new things: starting school, making new friends, starting a new sport or hobby. What does the best version of you look like? Healthy, happy, physically able…You are the only one who can determine the answer. You decide. Embrace the challenge and the fear and turn it into confidence. I know you can do it!