After a long week, what better way to jump into the weekend than with healthy and practical motivation, tips and ideas? I’ve decided Fridays are perfect days to get yourself mentally and physically prepared to workout, eat healthy and ENJOY (yes, that means have some fun)! So today’s first ChristyFit Friday post is all about how to conquer a huge block to being our best selves… Fear of Change and Uncertainty.
I can attest for two things: Change WILL happen and uncertainty WILL happen. Our response to those two inevitables is what makes us better or stuck in a rut.
I used to have huge issues with change and uncertainty. “What if I don’t get that job?” “What if that person doesn’t like me?” “What if I die early?” – dramatic I know – and the most common, “What if I’m not good enough?” We immerse ourselves in “What if’s” instead of saying “So what.”
So what if you don’t get that job. It was probably meant to not happen so you will have time for the better one you will eventually be ready for. So what if that person doesn’t like you. You have so many more people that do and will, and so on… The point is that if you worry about what might happen you won’t stop to think about what great things COULD happen.
Perfect example. I left LA in March to Austin, TX to have a more normal existence. During those last 6+ months of normalcy, I realized how much I enjoy entrepreneurship and making my own way doing what I’m passionate about. I love health and fitness and working with people and I knew in my heart that I would be stifled elsewhere. So I quit my job, albiet an honorable position, that I had moved to Austin for, at first wondering what the heck living in this town meant for me. I eventually jumped (ok, slowly crawled) at the chance to move back into the exciting but scary world of health and wellness and entrepreneurship, while very frightened at not having money and not being good enough – even though I had found success in my many years in the field.
My fears were tested. I had a couple panic attacks prior to starting my new job recently even though I had worked in this field for nearly 12 years. I wondered what had happened to me. I knew I had confidence issues at times but this was getting ridiculous. I needed to take ownership of the fact that my “fears” were controlling me and I just needed to suck it up and get back out there. I took a chance once again and realized that the fear of change and uncertainty wasn’t worse than my other fear… regret. Thankfully, I realized two important lessons: I AM good enough and I can always learn more.
Whatever you are fearing right now, just test yourself and go after it. The worst that can happen is you say “Oh well” instead of “What if…”