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If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you

A couple of weeks ago I discovered what my clients must feel like in our first session together.

I was nervous.

Apprehensive.

Unsure of what to expect.

I was attending a 2 day intensive course in qigong – that’s pronounced “chi gong”.

A representative from Exercise Medicine Australia, who organised the course, had e-mailed me a couple of days before to advise me that I would be the only one in the course as they had not had any other sign ups.

I wasn’t sure if this would be a good thing or not (thankfully, it turned out to be good)…but it did make me a little more hesitant before the course began.

To say the course was intensive would be an understatement.

It was tough!

In fact, it was so hard that all I could think about was when it would be over.

I wanted to say to the instructor “I don’t think this is for me”

It was frustrating that I couldn’t seem to get some really basic steps.

The internal chatter in my head did not stop the whole day. So much so, that it was my biggest obstacle to learning.

I had signed up to the course months before, I knew I wanted to learn these new skills. I knew it was important for my professional education to teach my clients what I had learnt – but none of this was apparent in my head.

All I could think was “this is tough. It’s too hard. I’m ready to give up.”

And my body was listening to my head – my neck was seizing up. My weak spot in my upper back was slowly starting to tense and I was physically exhausted.

Now, in hindsight, I am able to see how my mind and negative thoughts were ruling my body.

And how I was letting it happen.

After the 2 day course, I had mastered the skills and can now incorporate qigong into my sessions with my clients. I am working on my skills so that I will soon be able to teach classes in qigong.

My biggest takeaway lesson from this experience?

It’s essential to take on challenges – every day. And to learn how to quieten that internal chatter – the story we tell ourselves over and over again when something is too hard.

I am making a conscious decision to explain more before a new session with every one of my clients. I want them to feel relaxed and comfortable – I want them to have an understanding of what to expect before the session.

 

I’m also challenging myself a little more – doing things out of my comfort zone, especially in my business.

Stay tuned for my next online program, launching in October.

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