The irony of the self-doubt circle
(...3rd post in sequence)
So how do we solve this…? We don’t. Perhaps a controversial angle for me to take, however I’d like to suggest to a wider audience that we instead direct out attention not to the issue posed but instead towards our own attitude towards it, thus amending our perception and acumen to, as a consequence, force a different outcome. If we can reform our headspace and rephrase the negativity associated with self-doubt then our own intrinsic ability to overcome, or even, ‘not notice and rise above’ becomes something of second nature and personal make up. Applying the simple concept of a, ‘positive spin on things’, can extrapolate to much more complex scenarios… I shall exemplify with the above cases; -First time gym bunny; to overcome this we need to think of why we are nervous in the first place. Intimidation is in many cases a large role; we remain intimidated by, ‘the big men in the weights’ or, ‘the skinny fit women in the class’…so spin it. Why do they intimidate us? Is it a reason within ourselves that we need to dig deeper in to, (a very personal journey I couldn’t answer in a blog) or is it a distorted projection of the pro’s own insecurities at their abilities that is coming across…do they really know what they are doing… are they really happy in their bodies and capabilities to the extent that we perceive… is this something we should really be intimidated by in the first place? Are we all just in the gym for differing reasons anyway, none of which are ever really known by anyone other than ourselves, thus to intimidated by one’s ability to conduct an exercise, or perform in a class to a certain degree of, ‘success’ is really just an irrelevant comparison of two entirely different goals...
(...TBC in sequential post)