Over the years, I have learned how life shrinks and expands concerning one’s courage.

It takes bravery to face fear and step out of your comfort zone.

Think about a time you’ve had to step outside your comfort zone. Maybe it was standing on stage in front of an audience, or your team was playing in the finals, or you got on a plane even though you’re petrified of flying.

Even writing this makes my hands clammy – that feeling of fear is real!

I wouldn’t be a good coach if I encouraged the people I work with to stick within their limits. When I have clients that are stuck in their health journeys, I really understand their fear of change.

Change in your health habits can be difficult.

But what’s more difficult is not taking any action at all.

I sometimes forget how important it is to take on new challenges, especially during a pandemic when days can fade in and out without any change in routine. So, you can imagine my surprise when CBC reached out to me earlier this week to do an interview on the radio about my book. I had a few hours to mentally prepare before going on air.

The interview went really well (you can listen to it here), but that’s not to say I wasn’t extremely nervous. Luckily, I was able to channel the badass energy my clients have when they work with me.

This energy means jumping into the unknown headfirst, but having faith that it’s going to benefit you in the long run.

So with that in mind, when you get asked to be on a live radio show, or join a new health program, or take a new class – you say yes because the only thing you have to lose is not growing in some way.

What’s the worst that can happen? What’s the upside? What’s the best that can happen? You have to lean into negative feelings to get you to the other side of what you know you deserve.

Go do something today that’s outside your comfort zone.

Keep playing!

Coach Jan.