If you have made a dramatic change when it comes to employment/lifestyle- how did you push yourself to just go for it?
So the girl who tried to get out of gym class every time they tried to get you to run the mile....has turned into the girl who has run three marathons, and am now into weight lifting, boxing, spin, basically anything athetic (that doesnt involve a ball..still uncoordinated) that you can think of, I'm game for. Seriously, the highlight of my day is getting to leave my desk and go work out, I'm always reading the askmefi/mefi posts on fitness and my Google Reader is full of fitness blogs. Whenever friends come to me talking about starting a fitness plan, I'm all over helping them (only if they bring it up, I swear I'm not pushy).
I've been seriously considering getting my personal trainer certification (through NASM
, which seems to be very well respected- if anyone wants to chime in pro/cons that would be welcomed).
These are my reasons/relevant details:
-I would love to be able to make my own exercise plans, and really actually understand the reasoning behind why you do certain things.
-I want to be able to give better advice/ be more confident in my advice
-I am under no allusions that this could become a full time job. What would be fantastic is if I could eventually jump to a part time desk job and also work at a gym part time, but thats a very very long term goal.
-I love helping people reach their fitness goals. I've had two amazing trainers, and would love to be able to help people like they did for me.
-The idea of studying for the exam is actually.... exciting to me. Who knew I could feel that way about an exam.
Here are the things holding me back/my questions to you guys.
- Upfront cost: the exam and relevant materials are a chunk of change. We are thankfully comfortable enough that this isn't money that should be going to important things, but I feel a little silly spending so much on something that might not lead to a job, and could just be a hobby. I worry that I'll regret spending it. How do you know when you should just jump in and make the investment?
- Even though I try to be like "screw it! I dont care what people think!" theres still a little bit of inposter syndrome going on- I mean, I was the kid who hated hated gym class.... and now I want to be a trainer? My wonderful husband is totally on board, but I know some of my family and friends will not be as supportive. There will be a lot of "but you went to super expensive college and now you just want to be in the gym all day!" How do I move on past worry about those responses, especially when a little bit of you is like yeah, this is a bit crazy?
TLDR: I get myself so wrapped up in the costs/crazy factor, that I just don't do it and instead continue to sit at my desk job day after day, thinking about how I should just go for it. How have you managed to get over the fear of doing something very different from your current situation and just going for it?