I am six weeks into the Body Beast (program is no longer available) workout and I am enjoying it. I already maxed out on my weights at home, so I’ve been completing it at the gym. This has worked well for me because there are barbells at the gym (I had none at home and had to modify my workout with dumbbells) and have much more room to do some of the exercises. I don’t regret purchasing my home weight bench because I still use it and there are days when I know I won’t be able to get to the gym and I can exercise at home.
Because I am working on a weight lifting program, I am feeling much more confident when it comes to using weights. I realized that my form was not always the best and sometimes I had weight that was too heavy and it resulted in me not doing the exercise properly. It has felt good to be able to lift with some certainty and a bit of swagger. My body is changing (albeit a bit slowly), but I am really enjoying the practice of weight lifting. Body Beast is a beginner’s weight lifting program, but it has allowed me to tap into my inner aggressor and push myself a bit more.
I was recently speaking with a friend of mine. He has been struggling with his self-confidence for some time and is trying to figure out how this may play into his relationships. This has affected some of his friendships, relationship with family members and his (perceived) attractiveness to potential mates. He’s currently not in a place where he can start working out, but our conversations got me thinking about how one gains confidence.
I have gained a lot of confidence over the last few years because of getting into shape and beginning therapy. It was important that both my mind and body got the help that it needed in order to make me be the healthy individual that I knew I could be. Others may feel more confident if they have had success with something (a business, a job, cooking a fantastic meal, completing a goal). The most important thing to remember is that your self-confidence can affect how you see the world and how it views you.
How have you been able to gain self-confidence? Has it changed your perspective? Is self-confidence something that you are struggling with? I look forward to your thoughts on this subject. Until we meet again…