Confidence. It can be the difference between seizing an opportunity, or missing an opportunity.

For me, confidence has beenĀ the difference between staying in Corporate America in a job that made me miserable and leaving to become a stay-at-home-mom. And the difference between having a piece of paper in my hand that said I was certified to teach group fitness, and actually getting on stage and teaching group fitness.

Those are big, life-changing examples but today I want to talk about the little things. Maybe they don’t seem little to you, but in the grand scope of life, they’re just details of your day. The reason they’re important though is becauseĀ once you master your confidence for the little things, you’ll build your confidence up so when the bigger things come along you’ll be more likely to say yes!

One of the the things I hear most often from gym-goers when it comes to taking group fitness classes or trying new moves, is a lack of confidence. Things like, “I can’t do Zumba. I’m a terrible dancer,” or “I’m so weak, I can’t evenĀ lift the BodyPump bar, let alone stack weights on it,” or “I’m not signing up for that 5K, I’m so slow,” or Ā “<fill in your worry>.”

What it boils down to is they are afraid of what others will think of them. I think the biggest secret in fitness, which should NOT be a secret, is no one is watching you! Besides the instructor or personal trainer, everyone else is focusing on themselves; whether it be checking their own form, how they look in their new Lululemon pants, or more often, they’re “in the zone” and simply not paying attention. In fact, if I can let you in on another secret, if I notice that you’ve “messed up” in my BodyFlow class, I’m assuming I gave a bad cue and make a mental note of it so that I can do better next time!Ā 

Lack of confidence prevents peopleĀ from taking chances and trying new things. When you don’t try new things, life becomes stagnant. Or, in the example of fitness, your results plateau or maybe you don’t even get results. And that’s boring and discouraging! I want you to be encouraged to workout, and excited to try new things.

With the winter months ahead of us, create a bucket list with at least 3 things that intimidate you, and make it your goal to accomplish it by April 1st. It can be something simple like taking a Zumba class, or getting 3 sessions with a personal trainer, or small group fitness class.

What will your 3 things be?



Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Love Yourself Towards Healthy where she helps chronic dieters heal their relationship with food, fitness and body image. She is also the creator of Gain Wellness, a 5-week behavioral change program to unlearn diet culture, stop negative self-talk and set wellness goals---not appearance goals. Follow Meridith at @loveyourself2healthy on all social channels.

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