“You can’t add things to your schedule without taking time away from something else. If you don’t choose where that time is coming from, you may find yourself spread too thin in important areas.”
“You can do anything but not everything at the same time.”
I’ve had a crazy couple of months and I lost sight of the above rules. I know them to be absolute fact because I’ve been living the result of trying to break each one of them.
To coach or not to coach…
In July, I made a decision to finally join forces with Beachbody and finally call myself a coach. I’ve been doing Beachbody programs since the years of VHS. Power 90, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs, 10 Minute Trainer, Turbo Fire, Piyo, Cize, 21 Day Fix, Country Heat…you get the point.
Cize is my newest favorite. I love anything dance related and this program totally rocks my world! Hip hop dance choreography – I mean legit choreo, not just repeating the same dancey move for 32 counts. Anyway, I love it so much I just got certified to teach it. Me? A fitness instructor? I never would have seen that coming!
After I decided I wanted to teach Cize, it just made sense to put all my excuses aside and sign up to be a coach. I’ve resisted calling myself a coach for years – there’s some limiting belief stuff happening there but that’s a subject for another day. I stand behind what the company does and I love their programs so it just made sense. I also totally love the network marketing model. It fits right into my long term passive income goals so I went for it.
Stay open to new opportunities
Have you ever heard the saying that when you are open to new opportunities, more will appear? (Or something to that affect.) Well, within 2 weeks of finally being open to Beachbody and being a coach and a “fitness professional” (seriously, ME???), I had a dream opportunity fall into my lap. I was approached by the owner of a local dance studio and asked if I wanted to teach.Real dance classes to real kids. Seriously?!?
A little background on the dance thing.
I did not grow up dancing. More accurately, I did not grow up taking dance classes – but I was dancing. I created my own private class in my living room. While my mom was at work, I would watch episodes of The Mickey Mouse Club (from the Keri Russell, Justin Timberlake days) I had taped on VHS (I still have the tape!) and teach myself the dance routines. I didn’t learn great technique. There was no recital. But there was love and passion for the art.
After my Mickey Mouse Club days, there was line dancing, swing dancing and closing out the dance floor on any party I could get an invite to. I took my first official class when I was 20. Never, and I really mean NEVER did I think I could actually be equipped enough to teach it.
When I was presented this opportunity, I almost threw it away. Actually I did at first. I responded with all the reasons why I must not be what she was looking for. I was scared. I felt completely inadequate. I TAKE classes. I couldn’t possibly TEACH them.
Or could I?
Yes I can and I am! Well, I’m assisting this year to get more comfortable and more experienced. Since I’ve never taken a dance class as a child and have only watched them from the waiting room, I was hesitant to take a class on my own. I didn’t want those kids to miss out on anything by having such an inexperienced teacher. My heart is there though. And I think I’m actually bringing something useful to the classes even though I still doubt myself. I love dance so much and am on a bit of a mission right now to convince people that ANYONE can dance in some capacity. And if you love it, DO IT! 2 left feet, no right arm, deaf – doesn’t matter. Dance is emotion. If it feels good, do it!
Take down your walls of limitation
I still can’t believe that this arrangement worked out and I get to literally do something that I dreamed of as a kid but never thought would happen. And it only happened because I took down the wall of limitation I’ve built around myself for a moment and said YES!Here’s the catch – I added these 3 new things but never stopped to look at what I was willing to let go of that I was already doing. “I can just fit these in. It’s not that much time.”
During the past 2 months, we also have been victims of a drought in NH. One so bad that our well is virtually dry and has been off and on for 2 months now. That means, I can’t do laundry, can only occasionally take a shower (or give my daughter a bath) at home and some days we’ll just randomly run out of water until we get a backup source connected. We also can’t drink the water right now so we have to use bottled water for everything. It’s a hassle. Daily life takes more time. Where is that time coming from?
Oh, and I almost forgot. I also have been attempting to homeschool my daughter starting last month. What?! I don’t know why I’ve been having overwhelmed meltdowns.
Something has to give.
What gives? Something has to. It wasn’t going to be my VA clients because I always put other people’s tasks ahead of my own. Well, my blog and newsletter have been nonexistent for one. I haven’t been working the Beachbody coaching the way I want to. I haven’t actually started teaching Cize because enough time is passing for me to freak out at the thought of committing to a schedule where I have to be places at a certain time. Even though dancing is the thing I’m the most excited for right now.
What’s my point with all this rambling? Be open to new things. Say yes to things that really excite you, even though you are terrified. BUT remember that to add those things, something has to give. Be proactive in planning what you are willing to let go of (or outsource) before you start dropping balls and feeling like crap about it. If you don’t choose your priorities, they may be chosen for you and you might not like the life that leads to.
I can’t do everything exactly as I want to all at once and at the speed I would like. That is the season I’m in. With a preschooler at home and newly restricted water usage, I have limits that it’s time I learn to accept. I lost sight of this so I’m now forced to stop and reassess what my priorities are right now and adjust my schedule accordingly. Slow and STEADY is better than scramble and burn out.
I’d love to hear your experiences on this. Do you have a handle on slow and steady or do you tend to scramble and burn out? Please share you story in the comments.