Personal Growth Journey. Growth through new experiences. This was the highlight of my week last week. As a coach, I practice what I preach. Last week, I tried two things I had never done before. The reasons I had not tried them before were due to fear, I was scared of loosing control, what would happen if the activity went wrong, would I embarrass myself in front of others, would I hurt myself?
Trying new activities
What were these activities you ask? The first was quad biking. I was the only woman in the group and was put in the line first. I did ask to go last! But first it was! I completed the practice track without any drama. But my heart was pounding. After the practice track, I was asked if I wanted to continue…I said yes – I wanted to complete the activity and try the other tracks! The others were asked if they wanted to go faster…they said yes. So the group was split. I had an instructor all to myself.
Life is not a race
Importantly here, I was not in a race. I completed the hills, turns, twists and did not come off the track, embarrass or hurt myself. Not the same could be said for the other group…there were a few mishaps. The lesson learnt here is go at your pace. I was very proud of myself.
The next activity I completed was riding a segway. I had all the previous fears and concerns. This time I was second up around the practice track. Guess what…the confidence I had gained from the quad biking, helped me here. Within a couple of minutes, I had “mastered” the segway. I completed all tracks and off roading activity, I even asked the instructor what was the maximum speed and could we go faster. Faster I went. When the activity came to an end, I honestly could have done it all again.
Learning new skills
In trying these two new experiences I grew. I had conquered fear and learnt new skills, as very different techniques are required for quad biking and segways. I had also discovered new muscles after the quad biking…as my thighs and shoulders were a bit achy for a few days afterward.
There were a few things I did to help manage my fear, I addressed my breathing – I breathed deeply and did not panic breathe. Next I told myself I could do this. When the tiny voice of doubt crept into my mind, I said shush and forged ahead. These were my techniques for managing, they worked.
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I hope this inspires you to try something new. If you would like to coach with me, please visit www.BeverlyClarkeCoaching.co.uk
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