We often hear that people are intimidated to start our program. They don’t want to be the new person and finish behind everyone or not know what to do. I would like to address this challenge with two outlooks: 1) Everyone has been the new person, and they will welcome you knowing exactly what you are going through. We are a team.
We are all afraid to start something new, but this is silly. We cannot progress as people if we don’t try new things all the time. Imagine if you were afraid to try anything new past your 10th, 16th, or 18th birthday, pretty funny to think that way, right? Then why now, as adults, are we so afraid to be the new person? If at anytime in our life, as adults, we should be most comfortable with the person that we are right now, and therefore willing to challenge ourselves with something new.
The second mindset to this challenge is simple: 2) Working out with people that are at a slightly higher fitness level than yourself will encourage you to push yourself and help you progress more quickly than you would on your own.
Surround yourself with people that you want to be like and that will encourage you to be a better person. There are times in our workouts that I’m the pace setter and you can feel everyone else in that group push themselves to keep up. That doesn’t mean that I don’t seek out a challenge myself. I have always been pretty poor at distance running so in the past year I’ve decided to enter more road races and run with stronger endurance athletes than myself. Yeah it is humbling, frustrating, and that is exactly why I do it.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there everyone and challenge yourself to something you don’t want to do or you feel you may not be a star at, and see how much you will grow as a person. Be an example for your children that we won’t always be the best at everything, but we can sure work our tails off at it.