Steve at Do Something Cool wrote an excellent post on limitations, and suggested that they are only illusions. It was a great post and I suggest you read it. But it inspired me to take a look at my own limitations, or, the tough spot I find myself in right now.
I’ve been working on my fitness certifications (to include personal training and yoga teaching) for the past year now. After I received my personal trainer certification, I could stop doing the studying for the test, but that didn’t mean I was done learning.
I took on some clients in June. Since that time, I have been working with 4-5 clients. All this in addition to taking my yoga teaching training course and more recently, trying to get an online program off the ground. I spend about 20 hours on fitness stuff each week, and of course, the 40-45 hours of work each week. To think that I’ve had this pace since June, and even had a similar pace (although more like 10 hours on fitness) from October 2012 through June 2013, I guess it would make sense that I would be tired, and anxious to drop my day job and just get on with it!
Here it is October. It’s been a solid year since I began this journey, actively working towards my goal. It’s no wonder I am reaching a hard time right now. I’m entering into a new growing area. I’m doing more than I’ve ever done, and have the knowledge that it’s not going to end right away. My brain is entering this new territory and trying to make me back off. It says, “whoa—you can’t do this!”
But my brain is wrong.
I see that other people do stuff like this, and overcome even more obstacles than I have to overcome. Some people have children they have to take care of on top of all this. My load is certainly bearable.
But, this is not an easy thing to do. And I guess that’s why so many people don’t go after a new career or some other big goal. It’s a lot of hard work. There’s the idea that you have to figure out how to do it all, and still maintain your relationships, keep your house (relatively) clean, go to work, and so on.
There’s a part of me that says this stuff should not be a big deal. People work 60-65 hours all the time. What’s wrong with you? But then there’s the other part of me that says, this is the first time you’ve ever done anything like this. You’ve never demanded that much of yourself before. It’s no surprise your brain is resistant. Not only is it a matter of putting in the hours, it’s a matter of getting over the fears and uncertainties: will this work? Who am I to think I can do this? Why would anyone want to be my client? You don’t know enough.
No wonder people stay status quo at jobs they don’t really like. It is not easy to make the transition.
As for limitations: it may be difficult, but when I see something that looks like a limitation, I just get up close, and realize it was only an illusion after all.