Do you see exercise as a challenge or a threat? When you're at the limits of your comfort zone, that's what it comes down to. They're actually the same thing - but what you choose to see is up to you. One is a precursor for procrastination; the other a learned skill.
Your fitspo understands that exercise is all about pushing outside of your comfort zone. They're experts in stepping into the unknown. The analogy I like most comes from Alice in Wonderland, when Alice follows the rabbit down the hole: "down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again."
Exercise can be like diving into the rabbit hole: you can't see the finish, you don't know if you're going to make it out the other side and you just have to dive in. This can sound like tough talk when it's coming from a motivational Instagram account but remember, stepping outside your comfort zone is a learned skill. Just follow these three steps - you'll be posting your own #fitspo snaps in no time.
1. BUILD CONFIDENCE
Confidence is directly proportional to the quality of the experience. The better your experience, the higher your confidence - simple. So train at a place where you feel comfortable making mistakes and going through the leaning process.
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2. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO FAIL
You are going to fail and that's ok. The greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, explains in a famous Nike ad titled 'Failure' that he's missed 26 game winning shots. His willingness to fail, to push outside his comfort zone, is what made him successful.
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3. EMBRACE HAPPY DISCONTENTMENT
You are not going to be the best, just accept that. Regardless of the result, ask yourself, 'am I proud of my effort today?' If the answer is yes, that's a win.
Once you master these three steps you will develop what is called Happy Discontentment - a feeling that you are satisfied with your own effort but willing to push further outside your comfort zone. At the end of your comfort zone are only challenges - and Instagram-worthy results - so dive in.