Creating Confidence

I live in rural Connecticut these days and when I have to go into New York City, I drive in. I’ve gotten really good at driving into the hubbub of Manhattan, and I know all the ways in and out. I even know the best parking strategies. The repetition of going in and out of the city month after month, year after year, has given me a keen sense of awareness, and has strengthened my bearings when it comes to NYC, and in turn, I’ve garnered confidence. 

This wasn’t always the case. I used to get very nervous about traversing the metro New York area. I’d dread it, and would need a recovery day after doing it. But look at me now – I’m a Prius-driving ninja – I’ve come a long way, baby! 

Confidence with movement is akin to this. Sure, embarking on a fit lifestyle can be daunting. I know how navigating exercise programs can be anxiety-inducing. It takes a bit of trial and error to align with the right plan and the process might make you wonder is the discomfort/strife/nervousness worth it?

You’ve got two choices – you can do nothing and stay in your comfort zone (which will actually shrink if you don’t leave it) OR you can put one foot in front of the other and do. “What we have to learn, we learn by doing,’ said Aristotle way back in the fourth century BC. It was true then and it’s true now. And to go one step further, we gain confidence by doing.

It probably won’t be today or tomorrow, but the day will come, where what was once a big challenge, is a delicious piece of cake. Let’s Move!