Happy Monday, and Happy Labor Day to all of you in the US! For my Monday Motivation this week, I’m thinking about overcoming fear, and overcoming fear of failure in particular. I tend to be a perfectionist, and sometimes I don’t like to do things unless I know I can do them perfectly. Why sign up for a 5K when I know I’m not going to PR? Why post a photo of a yoga pose to Instagram if it’s not perfect? But, where will you get in life if you only do the things you already excel at?
To do truly great things we have to let go of our fear. We have to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. If you’re a runner, that might mean pushing yourself to try a new race distance, or to switch up your regular speed work. It might mean trying a new type of fitness class. I think a lot of us like to work with what’s familiar, to set goals that we can comfortable achieve instead of setting goals that may be a little more out of reach. But, if we set more comfortable, attainable goals, are we selling ourselves short?
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I ran a 5K last weekend, my first 5K in almost four years. I was a little nervous to sign up because I haven’t been doing any speed work lately, and I haven’t been running many miles either, so I was a little scared that I would be embarrassingly slow. Turns out with all of the cross training I’ve been doing, I’ve actually maintained pretty good fitness and I was able to run the 5K about 40 seconds faster than my primary goal. If I had let my fear of racing a less familiar distance get in my way, I never would have discovered that I’m actually in better running shape than I thought I was. Overcoming fear of failure allowed me to test my limits and see that I’m capable of more than I thought I was.
I encourage you to sit down and think about what it is you really want—what are your biggest goals? What are the things that fear is holding you back from doing? Whether it’s training for a BQ, going to yoga teacher training, or maybe even starting a blog, I encourage you to take some time this week to think hard about whether you need to step outside your comfort zone, overcome fear, and take a leap towards something great.
What’s motivating you this week?
Do you feel like fear holds you back?