I am Stepping OUT of my Comfort Zone
Today I feel a little insane. Two years ago I took a chance and made the best decision of my life by stepping out of my comfort zone, and making the necessary changes to get healthy and in shape. Yes, I expected to lose weight, and look better by joining the challenge, but there were some changes that I did not expect. I did NOT expect that my entire life would be changed forever beyond getting healthy. The physical changes were exactly what I was going for, but the way I changed inside was what really matters to me. I feel incredibly motivated, happy, and inspired on a daily basis. This feeling inside me is so strong, that I have abandoned my fears of annoying others with my positivity and just go after it day in and day out.
I use to be a pretty miserable person to be around. I was always worried about something...my vocabulary was filled with "what ifs", and "but this might". I would often stop for a minute and realize I was even annoying the shit our of myself! Looking back it is clear that I was living my life in fear. I was afraid to fail, so I did nothing. I was afraid to admit I wanted to change, because I knew I had to make a change to see a change. That all turned around when I decided to join a Beachbody Challenge. The challenge was perfect for me, because the only thing I feared worse than my own failure, was being a weak link. I found that when I put myself in a situation where others were depending on me, I would thrive. This was not because I was confident in my ability, but quite the opposite. I was so scared of letting others down, or not doing "my part" that I MADE myself succeed. This was both good and bad. It was good because ultimately it was helping me reach my own goals, but bad because I wasn't doing it for myself. I soon realized that the challenge group wasn't as scary as I made it out to be, and the only person I was letting down was myself if I quit. Once that set in I was unstoppable and kept demolishing my fitness goals. I realized that fitness was my passion and that I wanted to help other achieve their goals.
That brought me to the next chapter in my life...I became a Beachbody coach. I once again found myself crippled by fear. I was scared to put myself out there, scared of what people would think...scared to fail. Although scared, I kept pushing and eventually started to emerge as a leader. I began to build a team of amazing coaches, and tried my best to give them the support they need to be successful. I LOVED being a coach, but something kept holding me back that I couldn't put my finger on. Every morning I wake up and post on social media about, "stepping out of your comfort zone", "making a change to see a change", "the time will never be perfect just do it" all in reference to achieving your fitness goals, but never seeing it in a bigger picture. This past Thursday I woke up and posted this:
The second I hit post, I realized something amazing. I had taken that advice in the past when it came to getting in shape, and it worked wonder. Now I need to take that advice again in other parts of my life. That being said, I am taking the plunge. I know the conditions will never be perfect for me to leave my full time job. There will always be unexpected expenses, or things that come up because it is LIFE and that is what happens. I have made the decision to just go for it, and pursue my passion. I am taking what I learned about changing my life for the better physically, and using it in other parts. This new year is all about moving forward, and not holding myself back. Am I scared shitless? Of course I am! Am I afraid I might fail? Yup. But what I fear most is staying in the same place and never pursuing my dreams. Sure there is a chance I will fail, but there is also a chance I won't. I 100% believe that failure only happens when you give up, and as long as I take my failure, tweak it, and try again I will be successful.
I am sharing this with you all for a couple reasons. Yes, maybe I will inspire some of you to do what you have been holding out on, but for myself, writing this post makes it real for me. I now have to hold myself accountable for my words, and I want to thank you all for being a part of it. I plan on being the best leader I can possibly be for my coaches, challengers, and anyone else who wants to be a part of it. I am looking for others to join my team, and feel the same passion and happiness that I am feeling. I want you! ANYONE can do it...ANYONE can change their life, all you need is to take the step.
Please message me at Messina1892@gmail.com if you want to make a change as a challenger or a coach.