Confidence: A Key Factor In Reaching Your Goals
Jumping straight into weightlifting without any experience or idea of where to start is easier said than done, and it starts with confidence.
Some of my followers mention not feeling confident enough to work out in public, and often express hesitation and nervousness about going to a public gym. It also stems from not having a plan in place, which is normal if you haven’t lifted weights before, and you haven’t figured out your goals. Speaking from personal experience, it takes time, effort, and courage to break out of your shell and feel confident enough to not worry about the people around you, whether you think you’re doing something wrong, or people looking.
Confidence is a key factor in reaching your fitness goals because if you don’t believe you can achieve your goals, you don’t have the mindset or motivation to do so. It’s normal to feel unsure of yourself when you’re learning something new. I go into detail about overcoming shyness in the gym in this blog post, but there’s more to it than buying the right clothes or listening to the right kind of music. Developing the right mindset will make all the difference in your fitness journey.
It’s helpful to break it down into a few steps, and ask yourself these questions:
Why do you want to start working out?
This question helps you get to the root of why you’re at the gym, and using that as your motivation to keep working.
What are you hoping to get out of this experience?
Determine your goals and expectations, and remember you won’t get results overnight. If you start to doubt yourself, focus on your end goal, and how you want to get there. Sometimes you have to take a step back to move a few steps forward.
How will you reach your goals?
Knowing how you intend to reach your fitness goals will allow you to feel more confident and organized in your plan, rather than showing up and winging it. If that works for you, that’s okay too. I like to have a workout plan each day and adjust it depending on my mood, energy, and what’s available. Check out my recent post about choosing the right workout split, which is a good place to start.
What motivates you?
When you go to the gym, think about what motivates you to finish your workout. Is it music, pre-workout or the voice in your head telling you to keep going? It can be anything, as long as it helps you meet those goals.
These questions will help you figure out what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and what will you make you keep going. They all work towards your mindset, which helps build confidence and assurance. There are other simpler ways to feel confident, similar to feeling less shy, like wearing appealing workout clothes or following a workout video on TikTok or YouTube. I wanted to approach this key factor from a personal standpoint that doesn’t require using external sources, but rather trying to work with yourself.
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