Last week we talked about the different groups of people who work out. Today we’re going to talk about the Too Afraid to Start group…
- a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up
There are many of you who have the habit of never starting and I’m sure you have a very good reason. Can I be frank? Some of you may have a very good answer, but the fact of the matter is that most likely they are excuses that lie rooted in the spirit of fear. Fear of failure, fear of man, and even the fear of actual success.Fear causes paralysis, rather than doing something, you do nothing. Rather than starting, you put it off until next Monday. You put it off until life slows down. You put it off because hidden deep inside the recesses of your heart you’re afraid. What are you afraid of? If this is you, please do not read any further until you have stopped to truly ponder this question.
- What if I fail?
- What if I succeed?
- What if I look silly?
- What if it doesn’t work out?
- What if I get hurt?
- What if people see me?
- What if someone does it better than me?
As I’m writing down these questions I am talking about fitness and a healthy balanced lifestyle of eating, but we can take these questions and attach them to so many areas of life.
We cannot be afraid to start for fear of what might happen, because rather than doing something we are doing nothing.
If this is you, what are you doing with your life? What dreams are you truly living out? Do you do things in life that you are passionate about? That bring you joy?
I tell you what guys, if you can take that one step forward and begin to exercise and take care of your body, I PROMISE you your life will never EVER be the same again. If you wake up your muscles, sweat, release the endorphins that come with hard work, there is release that happens inside of the human spirit that is found in few others places. When you take care of your body, when you exercise and do hard work you awaken a strength and power inside of you physically that can’t help but manifest spiritually.Your body was made for way more than sitting around on the couch eating Bon Bons. It was made to move, to do manual labor, to be fed properly. It wants to come alive but you must become active, move, sweat, get sore, DO WORK.
Paralysis is a loss of muscle function which usually is accompanied by a loss of feeling.
Here are some simple tips to move forward:
Find a friend to workout with. Share your fears with her/him. Sometimes just verbalizing our fears exposes how weak they are.
- Put your shoes on and go for a walk. Fresh air changes the mood and clears the mind.
- Remove all the junk food from your house and head to the grocery store for some healthy replacements.
- Find a quote, print it out and put it on your mirror. Try the one at the bottom of this post…otherwise, Pinterest has an abundance.
- Remember, you are stronger than you think and you are worth it.