Today’s Wednesday Word is actually a sentence–a powerful one.
It’s been some time since I’ve blogged about my fitness side. Perhaps it is because some major changes have been happening as of late–namely, that I am now teaching yoga as a substitute instructor.I am absolutely thrilled about this new leg of my professional and personal journey. I am excited to share my passion for exercise and explore new facets of what is possible for me in a different way.
Even though I’ve been practicing yoga off and on for years, I don’t pretend that I have mastered it. Quite the contrary–I still have so much to learn.
Although I have to admit that bit of self-knowledge made me nervous. Very nervous.
But sometimes, we have to remember to use our nervousness as fuel. It fueled a reminder of the best advice I have ever received–advice I hold close to my heart, and have leaned on ever since:
You know more than you think you know.
Several years ago, a dear colleague treated me to a celebratory lunch. I had won a new position in a new office: one that offered both higher pay and a higher level of responsibility. As happy as I was to have won the role, I was nervous. VERY nervous. I didn’t think that I knew enough to excel in the position. I questioned if I was ready and wondered what I’d do if I made a mistake. And I decided to share my apprehensions with him, hoping I could count on him as a resource.
My colleague smiled, assured me that I could indeed count on him as a resource and said, “Erica, you will be just fine–because you know more than you think you know.”
I returned to that conversation before I taught my first yoga class. To say that I was nervous is to understate my feelings. I “team-taught” my first cycle class with another instructor, which removed a bit of the pressure and nerves that I felt at the time.
This time, however, it would be just me before the class.
I was fine.
Of course I was fine: I have guided classes before; I was simply applying my knowledge differently. I knew the sequences I wanted to share. And I wouldn’t have been trusted to lead the class if I hadn’t earned the approval from my group exercise management.
We sometimes become nervous before beginning a new adventure. That’s to be expected. Just remember that you know more than you think you know.
And that’s your Wednesday Word.