Monday – 091712

OVERCOMING FEAR TO COMPETE

Have you ever thought about competing but allowed fears and self doubt get in the way of stepping on stage? That was me 3 years 4 months ago before I decided to compete in my first show. Before then, negative thoughts would run through my head that I wasn’t good enough or would never be able to compete with girls that had full time careers in the fitness industry.

One day, I decided I had had enough living in fear. I was tired of allowing my self doubts get the best of me. From here, I decided to compete. I decided that I had one life to live and I wasn’t going to allow fears to stop me from living my life to its fullest. Since then, I haven’t looked back and competing has become one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Through this, many doors have opened in congruence with my passion for health and spreading inspiration. I also recently requalified for my 3rd Olympia.

If you have fears like the rest of us, here are a few steps I use to help with overcoming them:

Think of something that really scares you. After you think of it, see and feel the negative thoughts and stories you are creating around it. My example is thinking that I wasn’t good enough to be on a stage. I pictured myself placing last in a show. Pay attention to how it stops you and also notice that what you are imagining is not real.
Now ask yourself, “What would be different if I wasn’t scared of xyz?” Notice that as you begin to think about how things would be if you weren’t scared, you start to create different pictures in your head. The more you imagine how things would be different and more doable if fear wasn’t in your way, the more you’ll start to see possibility and positivity rather than problems and negative outcomes.
Transform your fear based “what if’s” into positive “what if’s” by following them with an uplifting statement. For example, “What if I step on stage and I discover that I absolutely love it and it becomes a passion?” It feels awesome to view your future with faith not fear.
Take action! Use the momentum you have gained from shifting your thoughts to how things would be different if you were not scared. Do at least one thing that you have labeled as scary in the past and prove to yourself that you can do it. Switch your psychological state from one of hesitation to one of YES, I CAN DO THIS!

Courage is not the absence of fear but it is the moving forward even when fear is present. It is normal to feel fear before taking any leap of faith. I romise that doing something that scares you is never as bad you may initially imagine it to be. Choose faith not fear.

Please share your comments about ways to overcoming your fear.

*WE STILL NEED JUDGES FOR THIS WEEKEND! EXPERIENCE PREFERRED BUT NOT MANDATORY. WE WILL TRAIN YOU. 🙂

Rest Day Options :
1. Make up Sunday WOD
2. Work on goats
3. Mobilize, stretch, recover
4. Strength :
Back Squats 5-5-5
Bench Press 5-5-5
Deadlift 5-5-5
*Work to ~70-75%, keep same loads for all three sets