I was working out in the gym this morning and a very overweight woman was working out close by. She was about 5’2″ and it appeared she needed to lose about 100 pounds, though that’s not what really got my attention. What I noted was how focused and intense her workout was, and how she was performing each exercise with precise form and giving it her all. Her energy, level of enthusiasm and laser-like focus was infectious. I love seeing this kind of action.
It’s a very difficult thing for a person who needs to lose a lot of weight to walk into a gym. Most people don’t realize how or why that experience can be so intimidating. But when you try to put yourself in the shoes of this person, really try to sense the emotion he or she is feeling while walking into that gym; it can be quite scary.
The woman in the gym today is my personal hero of the day. I didn’t speak to her because it wasn’t the right time, and I didn’t want to disrupt her groove. It takes a lot for me to break my groove, too; I don’t like talking to other people in the gym because I’m there to work out and get the job done with the most intensity possible on that day. But this experience was different. I had huge amounts of respect and admiration for this woman – and she didn’t even know it. Maybe she wouldn’t even care. But in my eyes she was setting the example for all those who are afraid to enter a gym or afraid to step into the scary weight area where all the guys are.
I like that type of courage. It’s the kind of courage that screams “I’m doing what’s in my best interest no matter what you think of me, and I’m doing what I know to be right, no matter how much I fear what you think of me. It is non-negotiable.”
How about you? Do you want to work out in a gym, but you’re afraid to go because of what they might think? If so, tell me here in a message.
How about those of you who at one time experienced that same fear, but you went anyway? What words of encouragement do you have for others who want to do the same?
It’s time to become the hero of your own life.