As many of you know I’ve just recently got on stage in my first bodybuilding competition. I just wanted to take a minute to reflect on my experience and maybe share something that I’ve learned.
Thinking about the show, my initial thought is that I’m a little frustrated with myself for waiting so long to compete. I’ve been watching bodybuilding contests for years and after everyone of them I was always driven to compete, just to scared to commit for whatever reason. The whole idea of getting up in front of a bunch of people in nothing more then a banana hammock so people can critique my body was intimidating for some reason.
Well I’m glad that I was finally able to overcome that fear and get up on stage. As soon as I committed to the big sky, the commitment to my diet and intensity during my training sessions went to a new level. A level I didn’t know existed. I’m bummed to think about how much better I’d be today had I knew of this level 10 years ago, but what’s done is done. What matters now is whether I decide to use this to my advantage going forward.
You could say I have some regret about the years I’ve wasted by allowing fear to prevent me from doing something I’ve always wanted to do. Fear prevented me from discovering and experiencing a passion that has always been there. The thrill if pushing myself to new heights with my physique and self discipline. In understanding this I’ve promised myself to never allow fear to keep me from doing something I want to do.
My wife and I recently took our daughter to see Carrie Underwood in concert. She’s a great performer and she put on a great show. During her show she took a moment to talk about her beginning as a country music star. As you are probably aware, she got her break by participating on American Idol. She shared with the crowd that she was scared to participate in the auditions. Somehow she found the courage to overcome that fear and audition, the rest is history. Amazing to think that Carrie Underwood (and every other successful human being in history) would not exist had they not conquered their fears.
I guess what I would want someone to take away from this short reflection post is that life is way to short to let your fear get in the way of your dreams. If there is something that you’ve always wanted to do, but you don’t because you’re afraid of failing, I encourage you to overcome that fear today and do it anyways. If you fail, learn from it, then do it again! That fear will slowly cease to exist! You owe it to yourself to reach your full potential, don’t be afraid!