July 17, 2014
Am I _____ enough?
Likely each and every one of you has asked yourself this question at some point in your life. Insert your word of choice into the blank space above.
Am I good enough?
Am I rich enough?
Am I pretty enough?
Am I strong enough?
Am I funny enough?
Or for me, a huge roadblock to even starting an online business was:
‘Am I fit enough?’
I have been training clients and teaching fitness classes for over 10 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Science majoring in Kinesiology, am a Certified Exercise Physiologist, have run countless races, sweated for thousands of hours in the gym and I still held back.
I held back because I didn’t think I was fit enough. Fit enough for who is the real question. The answer for me was that I needed to be fit enough for myself.
I am the judge of how much is enough.
I finally decided that my body is enough. Yes, there are tons of trainers out there that are more ripped than me, stronger, faster and smarter than me. But none of them have a story like me or an insight like mine or a passion or vision like mine. I had to recognize that what I have to offer is unique and enough and then I got busy doing that!
Over the last 10 years my body, mindset and lifestyle have changed a lot. You can read my story HERE. But I am still the same person. Now I have a stronger sense that what I knew of myself inside matches what I feel and see on the outside.
Deep down there is something telling you that you are not ____ enough. It may be easy for others in your life debate your struggles. It rolls off their shoulders like, ‘Oh Lana, of course you are fit enough.’ But the fact of the matter is that believing that we are enough is a personal decision. YOU GET TO DECIDE! How can you realize that you are enough?
Tool #1 Take ACTION
The best way to dispel your ‘not enough’ story is to get into ACTION to prove yourself wrong! But what types of actions can you take?
Do something you have always wanted to do. Last May I went on a trip with my Dad up the Inside Passage of British Columbia. My Dad was humming and hawing for months about being able to take time off work - so I just went ahead and booked it! (yes, he came along and now he will not stop talking about our 'wonderful' trip!)
Face a fear you have held deep inside of yourself. For me, sharing my story in March of this year was terrifying, embarrassing and ultimately freeing. What if people find out I haven’t always been ‘fit’? What if everyone realized that I don't always 'have it together' haha!
- Act out the worst case scenario in your head. What if everyone thinks I am not fit enough? Would I be able to handle it? Yes, I can handle it because I am fit enough for me!
Tool #2 Walk the Talk
The first step for me was deciding that I was in fact fit enough for myself. I stopped worrying about not being fit enough for someone else as that certainly wasn't helping my cause. I recognized I had zero control over other people’s opinions. If someone chose not to train with me because I didn’t have a six-pack, so be it! This freedom allowed me to think and act the way I wanted not the way I thought I should be for others.
Actions speak louder than words.
When I started to believe that I was in fact, fit enough, a funny thing happened; I made better food choices more consistently. I didn’t beat myself up for missing a workout, which meant I enjoyed exercising even more which also helped my consistency. I let my actions reflect what I wanted to be.
Tool #3 Practice Gratitude
Being grateful for the ability to move and eat well can do wonders for your perspective. Exercise becomes a gift, not a chore. Eating fresh local produce becomes a way of life rather than an expensive and time consuming nuisance.
Adopt a daily gratitude practice. This can be in the morning when you wake up or at night before you close your eyes. Think of one thing your body does for you that you are grateful for.
Matching the inner strength you have deep down with your outer presence is the key to feeling fulfilled and ‘enough’. Get out there and share your amazing self with the world!
I can’t wait for you to tell me how you are ____ enough! Let’s keep the conversation going on our Blast Fitness Facebook Page!