What is confidence?
Is it a trait that we are born with? Or can we develop our confidence over time?
You may have picked up on this, but just in case……I LOVE exercise and this has been true my entire life. From a young age I can remember doing squats and situps surrounded by my Strawberry Shortcake wallpaper and Care Bear collection. On days when I stayed home from school “sick” I would pop in my mom’s exercise VHS; just me, Cindy Crawford, Cher, and my Bun’s of Steel family.
Over the years, my guidelines of fitness have changed, but my reasoning has stayed the same, to be STRONG. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I wanted to be able to do everything on my own and in order to achieve this, a certain level of strength is required. However, there was an unexpected mental toughness developing at the same time.
I would credit the mental toughness that has developed over time more than my actual physical capabilities. There is a phenomenal mind-body connection. Your grit emerges as you are put through various challenges and tough situations. This allows your to continually push your limits, knowing that you are capable of more than you ever thought.
As a result this strong mental state translates into your everyday life.
I’ve learned that I can move big weights around and somehow that translates into the confidence of being able to speak in front of a large crowd.
It’s in those dark spaces where my body is tired, it’s saying to quit, but I push on to finish a workout and that gives me the mental strength to take criticism to flip it upside down to turn it into a lesson, a growth experience, a positive.
I’ve put the time and effort in to achieve various fitness related goals and those milestones make me smile every time I am reminded of them.
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