“You should do one thing a day that scares you” – I have this quote in the back of my mind every day and I actually find it really motivating.
If you’re faced with a decision and you have several choices, you should go with the one that scares you the most as this is the one which will likely help you grow the most. If you’re scared of trying something, that usually means it’s going to be challenging, but when you face a challenge and step out of your comfort zone, you allow yourself to grow which will increase your confidence and your self-belief.
Sometimes you may not be successful when you take on a challenge, for example if you try to run at a higher speed than normal on the treadmill but it’s too fast for you, or you try to hit a PB on a deadlift but it’s too heavy for you to lift. This is OK and it’s all part of growing and improving as it shows you what does and doesn’t work for you and opens up new methods to try next time – so don’t give up after a small set back, use it to push yourself again next time.
So where do you start?
Grab a pen and makes some notes:
- Decide what it is that scares you
- Why does it scare you?
- Write down how you think you’d feel if you achieved it
- What can you do to make it easier for yourself
- Consider next steps and planning
Let’s apply to it to an example of someone who wants to join the gym but is scared.
- Decide what it is that scares you Going to the gym
- Why does it scare you? Fear of going alone, fear of what others may think, not sure what to do there, etc
- Write down how you think you’d feel if you achieved it Proud, happy, confident
- What can you do to make it easier for yourself? Write down a workout before you go, take earphones and get yourself in your own zone, go with a friend, etc
- Consider next steps and planning make a plan of how often you will go to the gym and what you will do there. Maybe think long term, set a goal of what you would like to have achieved in 6 months time (this can be anything relevant to you) and that will give you something to work towards.
Seeing it written down may actually help you in getting over your fear. Most fears we have are made worse by over thinking and often creating unrealistic scenarios that will likely never happen but too late – you’ve scared yourself and your confidences decreases! By seeing this challenge written down, you may realise how achievable it actually is and believe in yourself that you will achieve it. Also by allowing yourself to face a challenge and overcome a fear, you’re developing your strengths both physically and mentally.
So maybe you made it to the gym after many times of talking yourself out of it, maybe you did a 30 minute workout then left because you felt anxious – it’s a great start so be proud of the improvement you have already made! Next time think about something different to try, whether it be a different routine. new equipment or a longer workout but something that will support your growth.
Take each day at a time, make a note of your progress your feelings and in 6 months time you will look back and realised how much you have grown!
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