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Updated: Feb 5, 2023

“Confidence is a stain they can’t wipe off.” ... Lil Wayne

To walk with confidence in your heart is to walk with trust in the air around you and the people that breathe with you. Confidence is the key to unlocking the doors of opportunity. If you don’t have confidence in yourself nobody else will. Once you’ve accomplished that, others will not only support you, they will want to be around you, to follow you.

“Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.” ... Michelle Obama

So why is it important to have this confidence? How does it make a difference or help you as a person? How long do you have!? There are so many benefits to being more confident. Let’s start with a greater bias to trying new things. You feel more prepared, ready and able to deal with life’s experiences. You are more likely to move forward and take on new opportunities, when in the past you may have shied away from such opportunities - to your detriment! You’ll have a greater feeling of resilience, and if something doesn’t work out, confidence makes dealing with these things much easier. In fact if you’re a confident person you’ll bounce right back and just try again! You’ll find all areas of your life feel lighter and brighter. You will do better in your business, work or career and find things working out more often, in your favor. I could go on and on, but perhaps the best part of feeling truly confident in yourself, is the happiness it brings you - to your soul and spirit. That inner sense of well being, that everything is OK, of knowing that you’re OK.

When I relate confidence to my job as a personal trainer I can’t help but think of my team. I envision the look on their faces when they achieve something they never thought was possible. I watch them walk with their heads held higher and confidence in their eyes. I see them getting stronger every session, but it means nothing until they see for themselves. You see that’s why I do what I do. I feed people’s dreams by building their confidence. I help them see. I help them believe. I am here to inspire. It is my gift, my talent and my reason for living.

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” ... Edmund Hillary

Having a personal trainer is a seal of approval for your confidence. A good trainer will take your existing confidence and enhance hit through mental and physical challenges. Difficult though not impossible challenges to be celebrated once they are completed. A steady diet of celebration or acknowledgement for accomplishments achieved is a great recipe for success. As long as the celebration fits the accomplishment. Fireworks for the best and a cup of tea for the low hanging fruit. A quality trainer will forever be working to improve himself as they strive to increase your abilities and confidence level. I work this way to inspire my team and inherently build confidence in myself. There are few confidence boosts stronger than that you get from a team standing behind you. That is what you get from me. A teammate.

We motivate one another to build confidence as individuals as well as collectively, as a team. There is motivation all around us. We just have to see it. We all have a favorite movie or song that motivates us and makes us feel stronger. I watched “Rocky 4” last night and let me tell you, when Duke yells, “You cut him! You hurt him! You see! He’s not machine, he’s a man! Want it more than he does! No pain! No pain! Okay take it to him. Take it to him!”, it gives me chills, it makes me feel strong, it motivates me. I can relate to it and it gives the confidence I need to attack any and everything that stands in my way. Become aware of those things around you that motivate you and make you feel stronger too.

As a personal trainer, I am reminded every day that working out not only makes you physically stronger, working out makes you feel stronger in your day to day life. The stairs to your five floor walk up become less of a struggle. Your two year old baby weighs less in your arms and you can knock out 10 Burpees without breaking a sweat. Working out gives you a sense of accomplishment. It’s always better to walk the office floor with that, “I worked out on my lunch break swag” or “I went for a run this morning strut”. Smooth strides, confident steps and shoulders back set the table for success. Your confidence is your secret sauce. Enjoy it and never let anyone take it away.

“Never dull your shine for somebody else.” ... Tyra Banks

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