As many of you know, I have been working on my first fitness book for the past 2.5 years (almost 3 now). It’s been a fun challenge, and one that has required more time and effort than I originally thought. I kind of feel like I have been talking about this for a long time!
Initially I figured the “hard” part would be to simply complete the book…all 375 pages of it, but it turns out the most difficult part has been to pass it on to a stranger (an editor) to read it for the first time. Funny how a 5-minute email was more challenging than nearly 3 years of research and writing!
There are only a few things that scare me…. and probably one of the scariest is to put myself out there. This process has definitely made me uncomfortable. It’s one thing to write…it’s another to have someone else read it. It’s personal, and therefore a bit of a sensitive subject. Even writing this blog about it is uncomfortable!
Once I found the courage to forward the manuscript to the editor I had a sense of fear…but also a sense of relief that I was going to get a professional to help me out and guide me through another learning process. I explained this in my email to Erinne; the editor, and this was part of the email she sent back to me…
“Also don't be terrified :) I work with manuscripts the way I'm sure you work with bodies. It's not about the state they are in when they come to you; it's about where they want to go and how you can help get them there, right? “
This email had me thinking…this is what many of my clients (and future clients) have and will feel about hiring me as their personal trainer. Sometimes it is kind of intimidating or downright scary to ask for some guidance…but in time, the process becomes more natural, and the initial phone call or email is worth it because you will always have growth in moments of discomfort.
Everyone has a starting place, (whether that is in sports, fitness, book writing, sewing, cooking, gardening, chess…you name it), don’t’ let the fear of judgment get in your way of fulfilling the life you want. Stick your nose out there a little bit and test it out…you will be amazed at how empowering it is to just go for it!