By Michael | April 11, 2012
Going to the gym used to be so intimidating… The guy to my right benching 300 pounds, the guy to my left squatting over 400; I’m over there in the corner barely curling 25.
That was me just fall quarter. I almost never went to the gym because I was scrawny and felt like I needed to be strong to even go to the gym. But I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I wasn’t just wrong about the gym, I was wrong with the whole outlook. If you are doing something to get a personal gain, whether it’s fitness, eating, school, or whichever you have your heart set on, then do it! Don’t let some mental judgement get in your way. If you are trying to get better at something (and you think you suck terribly like I did) then you need to start doing what you can to make yourself happy. You are number one in your book of life. Don’t let a few critics make you anything less than a best seller.
I realized this about a month and a half ago when I started to work out again. Not only did I improve tremendously when I wasn’t worrying about what others thought, I began to see why I was wrong in the first place: everyone has a starting point, even that guy benching 300 pounds.
Now I’ve improved incredibly and I have those internal critics to thank.
So no matter how bad you might think you are at something, you’ll start improving before you know it. All you need to do is start.
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