Why is it important to challenge ourselves and go where it can be uncomfortable.
Whilst on my mat this morning, I realised I tend to do roughly the same postures. Don’t get me wrong, they are very challenging and strong but they are postures I like and enjoy doing and they feel good.
One thing I’ve discovered in life is that you have to keep on growing, you have to keep on challenging yourself, pushing the boundaries; otherwise you’ll never really know what you’re truly capable of. It’s the same on the mat, I must practice the postures that I don’t like, that make me feel uncomfortable and observe who I am in that uncomfortable space and it’s only then that I will see and feel my true potential.
However, growing, changing habits, and challenging your old ways, is scary as you never quite know how it’s going to be received but don’t let that put you off. In fact, it’s essential for your health, wellbeing and self-esteem that you constantly push through the fear of getting it wrong. If you think you’ve nailed it, and then stop then you’re merely stagnating and that is not a healthy place to be so dare to be yourself, and be the best that you can be.
As Nelson Mandela once wrote, “Your playing small does not serve the world.”
Only through exploration, continual challenge, and personal growth will you know what you are capable of.
Do it every day to feel deliciously alive and tap in to your incredible potential.
Go on, don’t be scared, challenge yourself on and off your mat.
You are amazing.