I hear this all the time with people in my program, and it is coming from a good place, but it ends up being a crutch.
You want to make sure you are doing what you are supposed to be doing to get the results you are looking for. But this quickly turns into “I don’t want to do it on my own because I’ll mess up.”
Otherwise known as the “I need to be perfect fear.”
As a recovering perfectionist, there is no perfection. Instead, there is picking the right path, doing the thing, messing up, and learning perpetually.
Certainty is a myth.
It’s called practice for a reason. You learn the exercises by taking time and working on them. By doing so, you understand what it means for your body by doing, not by me (or anybody else) just telling you what to do.
This process is ignored in Health and fitness. And it’s because of the way it has been presented to “you.”
Exercise is a way to show your body love so that you can be active. However, just being active is not all that your body needs. It is challenging to dig in and use exercises that address what you NEED.
And by challenging, I don’t mean how it’s presented now, strictly through exertion and sweating. Running and trying to push a brick wall down is challenging and makes you sweat, but I seriously doubt if that is an “exercise” you need.
Exertion and sweating are a small part of what happens when you focus your energies on being specific. You get challenged mentally, emotionally, and possibly spiritually as well as physically. And that challenge of you practicing over and over again is what gets you results if you choose a program that knows how to be specific for you.
You wouldn’t expect to get it perfect on your first day in school. Likewise, you wouldn’t expect to get it perfect on your first day on the job.
Sounds silly when you say it out loud, doesn’t it?
You are smart enough to know that vision, commitment, and time put in are the ways to succeed. It has been what you have used to be successful for the rest of your life.
Health and fitness are no different. But you need to take it in and apply it.
How does this resonate for you?
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