My earliest memories of the gym revolved around feelings of uncertainty & inferiority. When I was at school I was never the leanest, or the strongest or the most popular kid & when I first set foot in the gym, I felt like those issues (or what I felt were issues at the time) were only perpetuated. I felt even less lean, less strong & less popular in a place that was well & truly out of my comfort zone.
It isn't easy to overcome those sorts of feelings & those voices in your head telling you that you don't belong. They speak louder than most. Despite our best intentions to portray ourselves in the manner we wish, at times it can be difficult to put on a brave face you feel as if you're a fish out of water & when you aren't quite sure of yourself or what you're doing.
If I've learned anything it's that the voice inside your head isn't always going to make you feel inadequate - the mind is powerful beyond belief. Even if you feel out of place & have done for some time, if you feel as if you don't belong in the gym or any situation in life, know that feeling that way won't always be the case, and that you do have the power to change that, despite how helpless you might feel. They say confidence is a stain that can't be wiped away - but it's also something that can be learned, developed & practiced over time.
You might not feel at home in the gym (or elsewhere) today or tomorrow, or next week or even next year, but I promise you it gets easier. We all have the right to 'belong' wherever it is we want to. If it's important to you I promise that it will absolutely get easier & in the mean time, if I can help you with that transition, please let me know how. #TeamNCF