Goooood morning my love!
Day One … how are you feeling?
Now, don’t be nervous, because we’re gonna start really small, OK?
Because, my friend, that is what I’m ALL about. Baby steps!
So today, there will be no running.
Instead, we’re going to explore this question….
What would you do, if you didn’t feel embarrassed?
So many women have told me they would have started running earlier in life, if only they could do it in private – getting all the slow and embarrassing runs out of the way FIRST and only emerging when they felt “fit enough” – running down the main street of town with perfect technique, breathing controlled, ponytail perfectly bouncing behind them.
We want to avoid feeling embarrassed at all costs, even if it means never learning at all.
But that’s not how it works!
We have to be willing to be bad at something before we can be good at it.
And yes, that feels embarrassing. But it has to be!
When you go for your run tomorrow (more on that later) it might feel embarrassing. If you’re a beginner, you have to let go of the image that you have everything already figured out.
You might want to look like you’ve got your sh*t together – but that is only possible if, guess what, you’re not growing and learning.
So, what do we do about it?
Well, I’ve got an activity I want you to complete.
That’s what your task is today!
So, find a quiet corner (if you have small children like me, may I recommend hiding in the car?), grab a pen and paper, and answer these questions:
Answer the below questions:
- What would you do, if you didn’t feel embarrassed?
Would you learn to surf? Ski? Ballroom dance? Go back to university? Renovate houses? Ummm…. would you start running?
List them out.
- Now, have a think back over the past decade or so. What new skills have you learnt in the past?
Did you change jobs or careers? Did you learn how to become a dog owner, or a Mum? Did you learn how to water ski? Did they feel embarrassing to learn? Yes or no? It’s OK if it was embarrassing, and it’s also ok if it wasn’t.
Have a think and jot your answers down…
- Now answer this: What could you gain by learning something new, like running?
What benefits would come from learning how to run?
If you don’t have any pen and paper, I created this editable worksheet for you.
You can download it here.
Here’s the thing:
The things we want for ourselves very often live on the other side of fear.
And if you want to grow, and change, well, embarrassing yourself is gonna be part of the process.
And that, my friend, is a very good and normal thing.
So, this week is all about helping you get after the things you want.
I want you to embarrass yourself!
The more you do it, the more you realise no one else has their sh*t together either.
Oh, and by the way – surrounding yourself with a supportive community (like our Facebook group) can make all the difference. So, once you know your answers to Question 3, why not jump into our Facebook group and share your answer with the crew. I know it can feel scary to share, but you might just inspire someone else to get started.
Click here to share in the Facebook group.
OK, that’s it for now.
I’ll be in touch a little later today with some more info on what happens tomorrow – the day we begin to RUN!
PS – I recorded a special episode of my podcast for you today. Listen here.