Starting life as a dance fitness instructor sounds a great idea on paper, doesn’t it? For starters there’s the increased earning potential; then there’s the chance to meet exciting new people; the knowledge that you will be gradually honing your body with every workout and, top of many people’s lists, there is the increased freedom.
There’s the freedom to choose when and where you work, what routines to teach and how many sessions to run to meet your lifestyle goals. Best of all, there is the freedom that naturally comes with earning a living doing what you have a passion for.
But the concept of freedom is elusive. We know when it has been deliberately taken away from us (just ask any grounded teenager), but there are less obvious forms of restriction. We may feel held back by the opinions and attitudes of others; for example, we may feel restricted by our sex, weight, racial background or socio-economic class. Alternatively, we may feel weighed down by the presence of technologies such as CCTV, or even the social obligations of keeping our Facebook profiles updated.
Then there are those shackles that we impose upon ourselves: our addictions to certain behaviours or substances; those insecurities that tell us we’re not good enough and the excuses we use to back them up.
What has all this got to do with Street Fit®?
Starting up a new business is one of the most life-changing experiences anyone can make, and often brings up feelings of inadequacy and fear of failure. We may also come up against some of societies prejudices as people tell us why we shouldn’t pursue our dreams. Street Fit gives you the opportunity to have your own business within the street dance fitness industry and allows you to make the positive change you need to.
Pushing the Envelope
If you’re stuck in an unfulfilling life situation, you need to understand why before you can start to move forwards again. Is it really your mean employer who is holding you back in life? Is self-employment really only for those with plenty of money to get them off the ground? Or are these excuses designed to keep you in your comfort zone?
Pushing the envelope feels uncomfortable. As you approach the unknown, your anxiety levels increase. Your hands may start to sweat, your heart rate increases and you may get sleepless nights. The easy option is to avoid the situation and go back to our usual routines but the price is mediocrity and the frustration that we are missing opportunities to improve ourselves and our circumstances.
Increasing Your Comfort Zone
Although you will probably never completely overcome your fears, it is possible to increase your threshold by setting yourself constant little challenges. If you are uncomfortable with talking to people directly, try using the telephone instead of email every now and then. If you’re socially awkward, make the effort to talk to a stranger every time you leave the house, even if it’s just to comment on the weather. Just as in the gym it is those last few reps that do the most good, those small daily efforts will be an ideal preparation for facing the bigger challenges ahead.
Freedom is the greatest reward you can get but, like all rewards, it needs to be earned. As leadership advisor Robin Sharma puts it: “It’s risky out on the limb, but that’s where all the fruit is.”