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“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”–Dan Hayes
I’m not one for inspirational quotes, but this one speaks to me because it makes complete sense, and I love sense. If you want something to change, but you’re not making any changes, how do you expect change to occur?
I admit, making a change is scary. I’ve made many changes in the past that have scared the beep out of me, including:
- Quitting ballet in high school
- Moving out of my parents house and into Broward Hall at UF
- Becoming a bar tender
- Going back to school for my Master’s
- Becoming a fitness competitor
- Retiring from the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team
- Retiring from bar tending
- Becoming a group exercise instructor
- Becoming a personal trainer
- Starting my own business
Every one of these changes was frightening for me. In some cases I was scared of failure, in others, I was scared of losing my identity. I could not be happier to have made each one of these changes though. If I had not stepped out of my comfort zone and made these changes, I would not be were I am today.
The same goes for your body. If you’re not happy with the body you have now, do something about it. Make a change! You need to step out of your comfort zone. This goes double for those of you who have hit a plateau. Hitting a plateau just means that you need to make a change. Meaning, you need to push harder. The better shape you get into, the harder you’re going to have to work to improve and maintain that shape. It always shocks me when people say, “You can probably eat whatever you want and not work out.” Actually, it’s quite the opposite. I eat a balanced diet, and push myself hard when it comes to exercise. This is why, despite the 13 classes I teach weekly, I still workout on my own and take other people’s classes. I love working with other trainers and taking other teacher’s classes because they know what I’m capable of and they push me past my comfort zone! This is also the mentality that gets me through HIIT.
So, if you are striving for change, whether it’s with your weight, your health, your happiness, your job, your relationship, or any other aspect of your life, and you’re still getting the same results, you need to make a change! Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to make a change – small change, big change, loose change, just make a change!