For some reason it seems like things never quite slow down for me and even though it’s summer these past few weeks have been no exception to the Turpin-tornado rule of life. Proof of this is that I decided to take my personal training test while coordinating a move between states and at the same time as my husband left behind the military life. Whoops. Sometimes things just seem to all come to a head and you’ve got to adjust and roll with the punches. Thankfully, I’ve got an amazing husband and support system so while I felt like I was drowning in deadlines things still got done and moved forward. Things like my personal training certification which I almost put off because it felt like there was hardly enough time to study this summer.
After thinking it over and talking it over with my husband I decided to give it a go because if I was honest with myself the reason why I was thinking about putting off my test was due to fear. I was scared. Like, really, scared that I was going to fail my test and instead of taking a step towards my dreams I would feel like a loser. When it comes to failure and fear I am easily my worst enemy and the negative self-talk that goes through my mind is insane. In the past I used to let my fear shut me down, but since I’ve gotten more mature I’ve learned how to control my thoughts and get calm.
The key to growing up and moving forward in life towards what you want is knowing that everyone is scared. With each new risk or venture the fear will always be there the trick is learning how to control the fear and channel it into something productive. You can’t let fear stop you in your tracks so here are a few inspirational quotes that I used to give myself a reminder that I did not have to be controlled by my fear of failure.
These little guys helped me keep it together and I hope they give you a pick-me-up for the coming week and whatever challenges that you have lined up. I can’t even begin to tell you the joy that went through me when I saw my final results pop up after taking my test. I am so excited about working on a career as a personal trainer and passing my NESTA certification just reinforced that when I control my fear I can do just about anything I put my mind to. Whatever it is that has you feeling full of fear is not stronger than you, it is not bigger than you, and it is certainly not better than you. Control your fear and step into it because you can do this.
I believe in you.