Once of the biggest challenges that I see people plagued with in any endeavour is a lack of confidence.
I can’t lift that
I will fail if I change jobs
My writing is not good enough
I have to be in shape before I do that
Anything you do that ends in the phrase…maybe next year or maybe in six months is just you failing to believe in yourself.
You don’t have to be in shape to start on that path. You have to start working. You have to get both feet into the gym and start. That is it. You do not have to be the best on day one.
You have to be a beginner, committed to learning, on day one.
Nothing more and nothing less. Is it scary? Yep! Is it fun being the new person in the room or at the company? Probably not.
Does it get easier? Yes. We grow and we become comfortable. We get better at life, work and lifting. We start to figure out what we love (barbells, burpees, kettlebells, sandbags…) and we learn what we dread (cardio…all the cardio). But we do it anyway.
And our confidence grows. We get stronger, we get better and we are less afraid of the new things that come at us in life.
We remember how we felt on day one, and how we now feel on day 1001. We remember thinking, I am not prepared for this…but we survived. We thrived and we are now ready for more and more new things.
We learn what we are capable of and it is usually more than we give ourselves credit for. So take some leaps, get both feet in the door to the gym and start. Find someone just as scared as you are and jump together.