Lack Motivation? Step Outside Your Comfort Zone!
Do you ever lack motivation?
We all do at some point in our lives! It is just the way we are built!
In this article, you will learn how I overcame my lack of motivation. It is a solution that works for both exercise and life in general!
Years ago I used to go to a spin class twice a week, and I LOVED it!
It was when I worked in London – every Monday and Friday lunchtime at 12:10 I was there without fail.
But then I went on maternity leave and London life ended.
Along with my gym membership!
Maternity Leave Motivation!
Now if you’ve read my intro blog you’ll know that it was while I was on maternity leave I became a qualified PT and started running my own fitness classes.
However it never crossed my mind to get qualified in Indoor Cycling initially. Well maybe it did cross my mind; I just never went for it.
Looking back I guess it was a confidence thing.
Teaching bootcamp classes was scary enough for me at first, but the idea of having to put a class to music (I have zero rhythm!) AND deliver an amazing workout at the same time just scared the hell out of me.
Spinning workouts are TOUGH!
I was afraid I would struggle and my class wouldn’t find me motivating enough, as I’d be huffing and puffing my way through the workout!
Well three years on I finally took the plunge and it turned out I had nothing to fear!
So what made me step out of my comfort zone? It’s all down to a couple of New Years Resolutions I made back on December 31st 2016. Along with a whole bunch of other stuff I resolved to do the following in 2017:
- Take a new fitness related course, to expand my knowledge
- Do something out of my comfort zone, to challenge myself
Motivation - When It Went Right!
Stick To Your Resolutions!
Fast forward to August 2017 and I realised that 8 months had passed and I wasn’t doing very well when it came to my resolutions – apart from getting a new tattoo and tidying up my email inbox, I was definitely slacking on the personal development front.
So, rather than jump out of an aeroplane or something, I killed two birds with one stone and signed up for an Indoor Cycling Course with Kent Sports Academy – not only would this allow me to tick off the ‘take a new fitness course’ resolution, but it would definitely take me out of my comfort zone.
My course instructor was fantastic but OMG the exam was terrifying!
After a full day practising, my butt was already sore, and despite having rehearsed my playlist for 5 hours straight I couldn’t shake this fear that I was going to get up there and forget everything.
The only positive was that the room was dark, so hopefully no one could see me shaking.
But the minute I got up there and cranked the music up I knew it was for me. What had I been afraid of?
Instantly the music started, I put my game face on; I pushed myself through and I MOTIVATED my class!
And it was fun – I loved it!
I might have gone in there shaking, I’ll be honest I walked out of there still shaking (and dripping with sweat!) but I was full of adrenalin!
And then when I found out I’d passed the course I was buzzing, and ridiculously proud of myself for breaking out of my comfort zone.
What Is The Motivation Lesson Then Sarah?
Breaking out of your comfort zone is a big deal.
But if you do push the boundaries then the rewards are much bigger!
It’s good for you to do it!
It’s so easy to get comfortable in life, I could go on teaching bootcamp (which I love!) for the next 10 years, but I think it’s important to expose ourselves to new and interesting opportunities, even if it seems scary at first.
Because that’s how you get the most out of life.
Of course leaving your comfort zone often means increased stress and anxiety, which is why it’s so tempting to stay put – before my Indoor Cycling exam I couldn’t sleep for about a week!
You start to think ‘why am I doing this, I don’t need the stress’.
If you can deal with the increased stress temporarily then I promise you, you have so much to gain.
Comfort Kills Productivity
Push your boundaries and you’ll find you’re so much more productive!
Rather than do the minimum to get by, you’ll find you suddenly have more drive and ambition to try new things.
And when you’ve done it once, you’ll find it easier to step out of your comfort zone again and again in the future.
It’s called ‘productive discomfort’.
As you challenge yourself then your comfort zone adjusts – so something that was causing you stress and anxiety once upon a time becomes easier as you do it again and again.
I’ve been teaching my SpinFit class for just two weeks now and already I’m feeling stronger!
The point of stepping out of your comfort zone is to embrace new experiences.
Try something new every week, or every month, just to test your boundaries.
Try a new food, learn a new language or even apply for a new job!
My next step?
I think a kettle-bell course might be on the cards!