As a textbook Type A personality, I love challenges. I can be a little bit quiet in social situations, and challenges bring out my competitive spirit - but here's a secret: my most fierce competitor has always been myself. Can I do this? Can I commit to myself and hold myself accountable for the duration of this challenge? Can I prove myself wrong? The harder the challenge the more determined I become.
For me, completing a challenge is about busting through the self-limiting beliefs that I have about myself: I'm not a disciplined person, I can't hold a plank for more than 30 seconds, I'm not strong enough to do an arm balance, I'm not a morning person.
I've got my challenge format worked out and I get excited every time the opportunity comes up to start a new one (to the great dismay of my very patient boyfriend). I thought that I had it all figured out, but More Core Please (our 14-day Challenge) taught me a lesson that I didn't expect.
On the day of Mary Clare Sweet's “Party on a Boat” yoga video, because it was only 15 minutes, I thought that I'd throw in an additional legs and back workout... and I worked it hard (Type A personality, remember). By the time I realized, and acknowledged to myself, that I was pushing myself too hard, it was too late. By the end of the workout I was completely exhausted and I still hadn't done “ Party on a Boat .” My competitive spirit considered sucking it up and doing it anyway, but as the room spun around me I thought that maybe, even though I didn't want to, I should do the workout tomorrow.
Although I didn't expect to learn anything, this challenge has taught me that sometimes it's okay to slow down and listen to your body. That, although I'd like to, I can't be go-go-go all the time, and taking a day off does not make me a failure... it just makes me human.
Since moving to Vancouver, BC, Christine has plunged head first into the pursuance of her dreams of being an actor and writer. After a frustrating start, she turned to the wisdom found in a variety of self-improvement books, and has observed incredible growth in exchange for her commitment to being better. She is now enjoying her job as assistant editor for the MYO team. Christine writes about her journey in her blog The Positivity Project, and hopes to encourage as many people as possible to follow their dreams and to challenge themselves to face their fears everyday of their lives.