But What If I Look Stupid?!

By CrossFit Black Bear | August 6, 2016

We all know that eating healthier and moving more will help us get in shape, the research is abundant. Yet, most of us still choose inaction. Why is that?

Are we afraid to look stupid? Are we worried about being judged? I’ll be honest, I was!

stupidMaybe we’re afraid of our co-workers making fun of us at the company BBQ because we brought our own lunch and purposely skipped the chocolate cake?

Maybe we’re self-conscious when we jog down the street because we’re still carrying those extra pounds from the holidays?

Maybe we’re afraid of looking silly in front of strangers at a CrossFit class because we don’t know the movements and feel uncoordinated?

Maybe, all the above? That’s entirely understandable!

Nobody wants to look stupid.

In fact, most of us avoid it at all costs! Which is why most of us never make any progress towards our health and wellness goals.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! I want to give you a new perspective on the whole “stupid” subject.

Consider this quote by Helen Hayes:

“The expert at anything was once a beginner.”

You guys, no one expects you to be a rockstar the first time you pick up a guitar. No one expects you to squat 500lbs the first time you step into the gym. No one expects you to even know how to squat.

And if they do, then they’re stupid. Because that’s not how life works. That mindset is not conducive to making real life changes. But I digress…

At this point you may be nodding along, thinking “Yeah, this makes total sense!” But then you wonder “Wait, but how do I get over that nagging fear of embarrassing myself?”

Seriously folks, all it takes is that first step:

Take to heart that one simple idea that being a beginner is not a cardinal sin!

We have all been there at one point or another! We know what it’s like to try something new and feel like you totally suck at it. We have been in your shoes! We know how damn difficult it is to overcome that fear of looking stupid or feeling judged, and we respect the hell out of you for doing it anyway despite every piece of you that is saying “NO, DON’T!”

stupid2I’ll give you a hint to make this leap of faith a little bit smoother, find like-minded people. Surround yourself with a supportive community. Hang out with people that know the struggles of being a beginner – and who will encourage you even though you might sometimes still think “Man, I look stupid!” They won’t care that you look stupid, they know you’re on a journey towards becoming something better.

So now you’re thinking, “Uh, how exactly do I go about finding these people?”

Reach out! Call us. Facebook us. Email us. Text us. Send us a messenger pigeon! Whatever! We’d love to hear from you! And we’ll know how much faith in yourself that it took to call us, write us, message us, text us or rent a pigeon. We were beginners once too, you know.

Soon you will be eating your salad at the company BBQ and one of your coworkers will ask you how you got in shape and will admire your willpower. Soon you will be in that CrossFit class helping a new person get into a correct pushup form. And soon you will be turning heads (in a good way) when you run down the street.

All it takes is that first step.

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