Feel the fear….and do it anyway.
I’ve discussed being nervous before I teach a cycle class a few times on my Instagram now- and the nerves never seem to get any better. No matter how many times I practice my classes, I still feel a flurry of butterflies as I welcome my riders into the room. I’ve learnt to manage it by taking a deep breath and putting on a “show”- slapping on a big smile, turning up the music and acting with control and authority before the class begins (but not by acting like a dick, I hope)
I get nervous because I care deeply. I view people coming to my class or choosing to hire me as their personal trainer as a huge honour. Most people leave such busy lives that the precious 45-60 minutes that they chose to entrust to you to give them a decent workout I believe is a huge responsibility. The day I stop getting nervous will be the day I stop caring and its at this point I should probably quit, as there is nothing worse than a complacent instructor.
The idea of becoming ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable’ has always been interesting to me. How can we be ok with feeling uncomfortable? Will it not just cause permanent anxiety? At what point might we go TOO far?
I can honestly say that feeling the fear and doing it anyway has been my mantra for a long time now (as well as ‘say yes and work out how to do it later’…which I guess is similar). It has only brought benefits to my life, and it is because of this mantra that I chose to leave my corporate job and launch my own business, why I undertook additional qualifications, why I felt able to teach cycle and more recently why I started working with a different boutique studio. Each of these decisions were undertaken because I was unfulfilled and wanted more. They certainly were not easy decisions to make initially but I came out the other side happier, more fulfilled and with a little additional confidence. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable can also be applied to your workout and training; it’s trying that additional weight, adding that extra rep/set or adding that extra mile to your run.
Nerves are the little voices that say, “are you sure you want to do this?” Although a seemingly small voice, they can be the loudest of all. When nerves strike, counteract them with questioning and ask yourself ‘what is the worst that can happen’ and ‘what will happen if I don’t do this?’. The answers may just be that little push you need to take that next step.
Oh……and the next time you are in my cycle class remember fuelling my smile is a belly full of butterflies.