Growth is Uncomfortable
by Lauren Ober, Director of Member Services & Healthy Living
Last week I decided to jump out of my comfort zone. Of course, I couldn’t do it alone so I dragged two of my coworkers along for the ride. I kept thinking, one of the most uncomfortable things for me is to do is to step into an unfamiliar territory. In this case it was the tennis court. The morning of our lesson, I kept finding excuses pop up in my head that I had to push aside. Luckily, my two coworkers drag me out of my office and we go anyway. I can’t let them down! I must take my own advise and stop listening to that voice saying “you might mess up”, “you might lose”, “you’ll look like an idiot”...Shhhh.
This is the same inner dialogue many of our members and clients have about coming to the fitness center...”I don’t have time”, “missing one workout won’t hurt”, “I don’t want to get all sweaty”, “what if I look stupid” and why our job is so important to hold them accountable to show up anyway.
Let’s shift the focus to you. What kind of growth are you pushing yourself to experience? If you’ve been meaning to do something but keep avoiding the uncomfortable I’m calling you out! It’s time to get uncomfortable!
Change and growth are uncomfortable. Your steps:
1. Decide and commit. Start your membership. Reserve your spot. Invest in yourself and put something on the line.
2. Stop listening to the voices making excuses telling you not to. They’ll always be there. Just tell them to Shhhhh.
3. Dive in & start working! It’ll suck at first. You’ll think I should have listened to that voice cause this is uncomfortable. Stick with it.
Come to find out, with a little coaching from Coach Georgia, a lot of listening and a great attitude(made possible by two supportive colleagues and lots of positive talk), we had a fabulous time learning a lifetime sport, laughing, and sweating. We signed up for next week and it will definitely be just a little easier to step out of my comfort zone even if I don’t win, make mistakes or feel uncomfortable. And a huge shout out to my coworkers, Robin and Sarah N, for sharing in my growth and uncomfortableness!!