Today we’re talking about How to Stop feeling like you have to be an overachiever in fitness.
I just taught Turbo Kick and am transitioning it a boot camp style fitness class and the reason for that is I am trying to move from high impact to low impact workouts.
I want to let that overachiever out there know that it is okay to take a step back when you are dealing with physical things. Have you ever wondered how you can stop feeling like you have to be an overachiever in exercise? Does the though of using exercise modifications make you feel insecure?
Are you an overachiever by nature? If you are, then you know what I’m talking about when the overachiever part of you wants to push through the pain… but the realist in you knows that this will do more harm than good.
So transitioning from high impact to low impact exercise can be tough. I completely know how that feels because I too, have had to transition from higher impact to lower impact workouts because of physical limitations.
Nobody else has to live in your body, you’re the one that has to live in your body.
If you’re an overachiever, you know exactly what I’m talking about because there are types of people who will tip you into the mindset that you should be able to do it.
My message to you today is don’t let anybody else dictate how hard you work. If you need motivation great, but you don’t need to push yourself just because someone is telling you that you should be pushing harder than you know is good for your body.
So, if you’re an overachiever, if you’re somebody out there who’s struggling, maybe you’ve got a physical setback, or physical limitation; something that you know you need to deal with or maybe it’s emotional.
Life is about being fulfilled and being happy and we should enjoy our lives, including our workouts. I want to give you permission to take a break when you need one, to take a rest when you need it.
I want to give you permission because I know I have a problem with this. I know myself, so I know there are other people out there who have the same thing or are always thinking, “Oh my gosh. I should be busy right now, I should be doing more.”
Just be where you are, enjoy the moments that you have, be the best you that you can possibly be. Figure out ways for you to achieve more, be more, be better, but do it in order of priorities.
What I mean is if your current priority is to fix your relationship with your spouse, then it doesn’t make sense for you to take extra time away from that person in order to go out with the girls or spend more time in the gym or work on your abs. It’s about balance. It’s about finding happiness.
At the end of the day, all we want to be is happy. What’s gonna get you there? Every single time an opportunity comes up, ask yourself is this in line with my current priorities at this moment?
Sometimes you have to put some things on pause in order to excel in other areas.
We only get one body, one mind, one heart, and only one chance to truly impact the lives of our loved ones.
I give you permission to take a step back and say okay, this might not make everyone else happy right now but it is what is best for me. A lot of times like I think I do things because I feel like people are watching and judging me.
At the end of the day the only person who’s really truly always watching me is God, so if what I am doing is in line with what HE wants for me, along with the other important people in my life, then I will go forward with it.
Oftentimes I will need to look at if what I am doing is in line with my business goals or fitness goals and determine what direction I will then go. Maybe you just got diagnosed with diabetes, maybe that’s your number one thing right now.
No matter where you are in your life, when a new opportunity comes your way, think to yourself “is this in line with my priorities”. Nobody else matters, besides your close friends and family and God.
I want to give you permission to not let anybody else dictate how you run your life. Focus on you, the close knit circle around you and God, and from there your focus can move outward.
The stronger your relationships are with the closest people in your life, the better person you’re going to be, which in turn will allow you to help serve everyone else around you.
It’s a beautiful thing when we work from the inside out and that is how we can affect and help the most people possible. I want to give you permission to not be an overachiever all the time. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter, nobody else is keeping score on you but you. So as long as you feel good and know that your relationships are solid, it’s all gonna progress forward from there.