We all have that one thing that scares us. That thing you’re embarrassed of that you don’t want anyone else to find out.
Mine that is that I’ve never been able to do a cartwheel…
Not one. Single. Cartwheel. Ever.
That might not sound like much, but being a fitness coach that’s never done a cartwheel is downright embarrassing, made worse by the fact that I’ve been too terrified to even TRY it.
Even as a kid I remember watching my friends effortlessly cartwheeling without a second thought, while the most I ever managed was an awkward donkey kick and very sweaty palms. As an adult, fear of “The Cartwheel” still sat in the corner of my mind – hidden away but not forgotten.
In late 2016 I decided to face my fear.
I began to practice cartwheeling. Hand, hand, foot, foot. Despite the almost paralyzing fear of being upside down in motion, I practiced almost every day for about 2 weeks. I practiced in my yard and on the beach, determined to dispel my fear. Passerbys would stop and sometimes offer their support, or give me a knowing look and say, “You never did these as a kid, did you?”
Slowly my donkey kicks began to get a little air time, until I could do an almost-cartwheel. I was still scared every time I tried it, but my confidence was growing. I was content with my one-legged hop in which my second leg didn’t really make it into the air.
It was good enough, right? Wrong.
As I tell my students, the hardest part of making progress is that last little bit. It’s so easy to go from 0-60, but the trek from 60-100 is often where most people give up.
The progress is slower, the work gets harder, and you have to face a lot more of what I call your “big scaries.”
So today I decided to practice what I preach and once again I set out to face the last little bit of my fear.
And guess what?
After about 20 minutes of trying, psyching myself out, and trying again I finally got that second leg up. What you see in the video is HUGE progress from where I first started. The first cartwheel you see me do it still loads better that even one week ago, but you get the idea.
The reality is that trying something new is never easy.
Step by step we break down each piece and keep practicing until something magical happens – progress. Whether it’s a giant leap or a tiny microscopic step, progress is progress.
There’s a mysterious, exciting thing that happens in our brain and body when we repeat an action over and over. The grip of fear lessens and we can start to find space. We can breathe. Suddenly we’re able to hear and instruction like, “lift your second leg into the air,” and actually apply it.
This is why our BioFunctional Method™ emphasizes the 3 Fundamentals of Fitness:
- A good program
- Being consistent
- Being persistent
So what’s the message here?
Keep chipping away at the things you thought you’d never be able to do. They are possible and you are more capable than you know.
The Healing Coaches
Let’s inspire each other! Comment below about fears you’d like to face.