It’s scary. I know. You don’t have to tell me. I’ve felt it. That stomach churning nervousness. That nauseous feeling that rises in your throat threatening to choke you. The loss of appetite. The constant internal back and forth. Should you…shouldn’t you? Justifying not going and then the stern talking to that results in the frequent line, pull up your big girl/boy pants, stop being a wuss and get the hell out there. What are you waiting for?
What am I waiting for? I don’t know, some miraculous cure to my paralyzing fear. Some blue, red, green pill that is going to give me the confidence to do this, to put myself out there. She has it. He has it. Why can’t I be more like them?
Well guess what. You ARE like them. You are brave, you have the strength. All your missing is the little push out of the plane. Rip the band aid off.
Starting something new is hard. I don’t care if it is your first Crossfit, Power Camp, Yoga, Dance class or Mile run. It doesn’t matter. It is all scary the first time you step into that room or put your foot on that trail. Will I puke? Can I keep up? Will everyone be watching me?
No, no one is watching you because they are all focusing on themselves. We are vain and selfish people. No one is going to look at you and snicker, “look at that idiot trying to do downward facing dog. What a loser.” Sounds ridiculous right? Because it is. Do you think every marathon runner stepped out for the first time and ran 10 miles. HELL NO. They struggled to get through that first mile and took a TON of breaks, just like you. Do you think that elite Crossfitter or Power Camper knew what in the hell a power clean or knees to elbows was? Nope. They spent tons of time working on the technique, practicing in front of the mirror, giving themselves cues. And I promise, that girl with the hips in your salsa class stepped on her fair share of toes, and possibly even bumped heads with a few cute guys. It happens.
The point is. Don’t let that fear hold you back from trying new things, from putting yourself out there, because you know what? The moment will change your life. Regardless if you stick with whatever you tried or not. The point is that you were terrified to try it but you did it anyway. You were strong and confident and have gained a new piece of yourself. That means something.
Stop giving yourself excuses. I need to be in better shape to try it. I don’t have time. I’ll start next month. Today’s your day. Get the hell out there and LIVE.
Stay Active, Stay Healthy and Try Something New.