Recently I have been attending a new gym as I needed a new challenge, something to look forward to and to be around people who inspire me to be a better person and this place certainly does that.
Heavier weights, unlimited burpee’s, running outside in the Dubai summer heat, cover model instructors everywhere you look, metal bars, rings, ropes and every workout includes an acronym that everyone understands but me! But I love it. However go back a year or two ago it would have been a completely different story.
Now this is how I get myself to the gym, but it’s not always been this way. I had a phase in my life where I would cry in the car, I hated myself for not being able to see progress, I would hate looking at fitness photo’s of friends, as it made me feel bad about myself – that I was not good enough to do what they were doing and the days where I did make it through the door I spent it in the changing room sauna as I couldn’t face it, but would use the excuse that ‘I was too tired’.
I had the fear and that fear came from a bad case of low self-confidence.
Sometimes this feeling creeps back in, but now I have the toolset to help me break through it and not let it effect my training or the lifestyle I have created for myself.
Stress was the cause of my low self-confidence, this is what led me to fear doing what I loved.
Why? I was scared of failing, the feeling of not being able to do it. It was what I felt like everyday at work and these feelings and emotions seeped into all aspects of life that in the past have made me feel out of my comfort zone. The gym used to be one of those places and training was one of the areas that was affected the most.
I didn’t realize how much my confidence was knocked due to the stress I was going through at work. I didn’t see the link between my emotions.
Now I know that my fear comes from my own self-confidence I know that it is only me who can change how I feel.
Basically fear is an emotion. It is there to protect us from danger, it’s a reaction to a situation, the flight & fight response, your body cannot tell the difference between the level of danger you are in, the same with fear.
Feelings of fear: churning in your tummy, dry throat, increased heart rate
Feelings of excitement: churning in your tummy, dry throat, increased heart rate
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