What is your long journey?
I saw something recently that I hadn’t seen in a very long time, which made me stop and stare. It was a photo of children at their Sports Day where the winning children were on a Podium with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. I can’t remember the last time I saw children allowed to properly compete at Sports day!
There has been a lot of debate over whether Primary age children should compete; whether it is damaging to their self-esteem if they lose or character building. Simple fact is, even in races that kids have to enter where there are no official winners or losers, the kids still know where they placed in the race and the joy or disappointment still feels the same. If a race is non-competitive, where’s the incentive to try?
Competition is inevitable; it’s a part of life we can’t avoid. It can spur us on to strive to be the best we can, however for some, it’s the excuse they use to not try in the first place as “I know I won’t win so why set myself up to fail”.
We see and hear this so often in the fitness industry to which we point out life begins at the end of your comfort zone. The Instructors aren’t judging who can stretch their leg the furthest, who can remember the whole Zumba routine off by heart, or who comes to the most classes! The goal of the Instructor is to help you enjoy the class and push yourself, not compare you to the person next to you.
If you continuously compete with others you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself you become BETTER! So when you look in the mirror, that’s your competition. Remember, every single person who is at the top of their game in fitness or their profession had to start as a beginner so it boils down to having the courage to try.
As Eleanor Roosevelt so eloquently said “Do one thing every day that scares you”. Stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new is how we learn.
If you take the plunge to try something new and see why there’s such a buzz about the work we do, you will learn that we will support you and help you be the best that you can be. You set the finish line though; this is your competition, no one else’s. If that’s being able to play longer with your children in the park, being able to walk unaided without sticks or being able to fit into a new pair of trousers.
We know that there is courage in numbers and that is why the world of group exercise is so big. We need moral support and that feeling of nourishment within your peer groups.
A long journey is made up of a series of small steps but if you don’t take the first one, you’ll never get anywhere will you? So, are you ready to step up to the start line? Just you. You can do it….