“Pull that bellybutton in towards the spine, lift your chest, shoulders down. Now really squeeze that bicep muscle as you curl the weight up to your shoulder.” These are the kind of directions I give over and over during an exercise class. We need to contract a muscle against resistance in order to strengthen it. But more than that, we need to repeat that move several times during a class and several times during the week in order for it to grow stronger and stay strong.
As a motivational speaker on health and wellness I teach it and preach it but these past few weeks I’ve discovered a new kind of exercise that brings on a different kind of strength. Bravery.
Has anyone else spent the greater part of their life avoiding confrontation? Anybody afraid of rejection or getting a big fat “No” to a request? How about putting off a task because you have no idea how to do it and you’re fearful you’ll get it all wrong?
Well, that’s been me for many years and I’ve got the flaccid, mushy bravery muscles to show for it. Until this fall…My new independence has given me the push I needed to step into the unknown and face the fear. Every time I do it I come out on the other side still alive and breathing! Which gives me more confidence to face a new challenge, stand up for myself, put my foot down, or venture into the unknown. With each “flex” I grow stronger, just like a muscle.
What muscles do you need to build? Healthy eating muscle? Better relationship muscle? Move more everyday muscle? Love thy neighbor muscle? Let’s get pumping (and don’t forget to pull your belly button in towards the spine, lift the chest…._!