1.) Having fun is a way to disengage your brain.
2.) It’s a way to trick it to stop focusing on the things that you may not feel like you’ve achieved while you’re in that all important process towards achievement.
3.) It’s important because when you’re not focusing on the task at hand or the problem that seems insurmountable you’re giving your brain time to rest and find another pathway.
Over the past few days I’ve tried Kettle Bell training (a world of hurting afterward!) and last week my boyfriend Val and I
However, the trio of 65-year old women behind me encouraged me to keep trying and to come back to the next class. “Don’t worry honey, you’ll get this!” one chimed.
Years ago I would have recoiled at these experiences for 2 reasons.
Second, I would have NEVER allowed myself to look foolish because I couldn’t excel at the FUN-Activity immediately! I would feel embarrassed or silly that I couldn’t do it as well as others. Or as well as those lovely older gals.
Fear of looking foolish, more than the work ethic issue, would prevent me from trying lots of new things. Now, that’s saying something because I was always seen as adventurous. Being adventurous is different than looking foolish because you’re putting yourself out there on a limb. To be judged and criticized by others. To have someone point at you and say “what an uncoordinated person” or “doesn’t she know that a 46 year old woman shouldn’t be doing THAT!?”
What is this fear costing you?
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