I’m sure you’ve heard this before. Or maybe you haven’t. I listen to a lot of entrepreneur podcasts 🙂 and many of them speak on this topic. There have been a couple times in my life where I definitely lived this motto. Most recently though, was when I started my fitness journey.
Before I got married, I was a “good size” for me. I had started eating gluten-free the year before and the restriction and really just not knowing what I could eat caused me to accidentally lose weight. Perfect timing.
Soon after, we started our family. And I started to gain weight. During my second pregnancy I gained almost 40lbs. Even after I had him, I was not happy with my weight. But I was just convinced that this was my life now. I am bigger then I want to be, I’m not healthy, but I’m too busy (and unmotivated) to do anything about it. So, I didn’t. Sound familiar?
Enter March 2018, I was looking for donations for the Got Hope Golf Tournament. I walked in to Jones N4 Crossfit, a gym that was just down the road from the bar that was sponsoring it. Even walking up to the door made me nervous. People had talked to me about Crossfit before and I WAS NOT INTERESTED. I’m not athletic, I never have been and Crossfit was for crazy athletes. Guys, the door had a No Solicitation sign on it. I almost went back to my car, but I didn’t. Shelby (the super smiley and super energetic owner) greeted me. I’m not even joking, I was scared just being in the building. He agreed to donate to the cause, a 6-week challenge.
“Ok cool, do you have a brochure or something?”- me.
“Alright, well tell me about it. [Brochures are my thing] I’ll just make something for you”-me.
I thought to myself, this is exactly what I need. But the thought was fleeting. I thanked him and left.
I get home on Facebook, and what do you know!? Targeted ads, TARGETED ME!
IT WAS A SIGN, Y’ALL!!
Right there, looking for people to sign up for the 6-week challenge. I called Jason, he was skeptical (who wouldn’t be? It wasn’t like working out was my thing) But we agreed I should give this a try.
Driving to my first class that Monday, I WAS SCARED. I couldn’t even talk. Jason was trying to hold a conversation with me but I wasn’t responding. He assured me I would be fine, but I wasn’t sure. All I knew was, I was invested. And I was going to give it a shot.
This 6 weeks changed my life. I lost 23 lbs, and proved to myself I could do this. I became a stronger, more energized, more motivated version of myself. The people at the gym weren’t all athletes. There were some, but there were also people just like me. The coaches and staff cared about my progress. It was an uplifting (dare I say FUN) environment,
And then, other doors in my life started to open. I started to get more clients for my marketing business. I had more clarity in my goals. And now, I can’t stop. I don’t ever want to get back to that starting point again. I’ve come so far, the only place left is forward.
The next time you have the opportunity to try something, but your not sure if your ready, just do it. Do it scared. You will surprise yourself. You are capable of way more then you know. We all are.