Yes, it's true, I wasn't always a "Yes I can" person. In the past I've found it hard to get some things done, especially when it came to health and fitness. I've always been interested in being healthy and fit and at times, like now, was extremely fit and healthy. I didn't place much attention on using fitness to actually form a goal or have a specific aim and that is where I think I may have gone wrong and found it easy to stray from the path of a healthy lifestyle.
Even when I was younger though, and I was going to the gym a lot, doing laps in the pool a few times a week and then running for the fun of it. There wasn't that idea in my head that I could actually use my body to achieve a physical or sporting goal. So I guess I didn't form one. At school I wasn't a standout in any sport and actually preferred to skip the athletics carnival as some kids do now as well. I wasn't confident in sport, to participate. I knew I wasn't going to win or even place, so what was the point. When so many around you are so focused on results for those who aren't getting the results this can be demoralising. This is where I think the whole issue with setting these goals ot lack thereof comes from.
In a conversation with someone the other day, we were talking about fitness goals and what they wanted to achieve from coming to my classes. Like most people their aim was to improve how they felt about themselves, but didn't see this as an actual goal. Then there was the comment. "It's easy for you because you're skinny." Well that's where people are wrong. For whatever reason people take up an active and healthy lifestyle they might not have always been that way. They might not have always thought that they could achieve a level in which they become the teacher and help others to become active and healthy too. A couple of years ago this was definitely me. I was running a lot, and was doing Pilates classes a couple of times a week. And while I had interest in doing the teacher training, I had my doubts. I didn't think anyone would want to be taught by me.
I thought "Who would want to be taught by a person who lets face it, isn't getting any younger and while might know what they are teaching hasn't "proven" themselves". LIttle did I know then that this "proof" was not a prerequisite and teachers of any age can be great as long as they have the knowledge and the passion for what they are doing.
It wasn't until I had set myself a personal fitness goal that I really, properly understood what the whole "lifestyle" thing was all about. It wasn't until I set myself that first realistic goal that I really benefitted from being fit and celebrating what my body can do and how I can get it to do what I want it to. No I am not an elite athlete, but I am a person who loves being active, fit and healthy. These are my everyday every week goals; be active, fit and healthy. Look after myself so I can look after those who need me. My other goals are there too, to challenge myself, improve on what I have achieved so far be it to go further, faster or change it up a bit for a different challenge. I also want to find some other interests to keep me going and benefit from. So this is how I became a "yes I can" person after being a "I don't think so" person. You too can achieve what you want, you just have to set yourself that goal.