Vulnerability Matters

About a week ago, I did something I never thought I would. I started a YouTube channel. It made sense.

I want to get into posting longer workout videos that shouldn’t live solely on my blog.

This channel will assist me in reaching my goals in some of my upcoming projects.

It’s another way to help meet people where they are.

Within about an hour of posting my first video, I got an email that I received a comment, which made me realize that it also allows people to hit me where it hurts most.

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I wish I could tell you that the comment didn’t affect me, that I laughed it off, or that I crafted a witty response telling this guy to shut it. I didn’t.

After doing something so incredibly personal, I felt like I was punched in the stomach. I texted a friend and told her I wasn’t sure if I could handle this: the critiques, insults, or haters. I started spinning, wondering what I should do.

So I took some deep breaths, walked Juno, and came to an incredible realization.

Feeling this way is EXACTLY why I should continue in the fitness industry.

Feeling vulnerable is a sign that you actually care. Whether you’re telling someone you love them for the first time, standing on the start line at a race, speaking on your thesis research, or presenting to your colleagues, you make yourself vulnerable. This is where growth and change happen!

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Most of us stop where we feel the discomfort, just a little bit outside of where we are comfortable, missing our chance at what we truly want. If we just push through a little while longer, imagine what we can achieve!

Instead of giving into vulnerability and fear, I’m going to keep pushing ahead, knowing that this is where the magic happens. There will be haters. There will be people who think I don’t “look like” a trainer. People who disagree with the content I share. BUT I am committed to helping people live lives that make them happier, healthier, and more fulfilled. This risk is just part of the process!

Now, instead of feeling like I’ve been punched in the stomach, I’m grateful for Alpha Core’s incredibly rude comment. He’s shown me I am going in the right direction.

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What is one risk you’re currently taking? 

7 thoughts on “Vulnerability Matters

  1. Stay strong!! And people like that guy who left a comment are insecure with no respect! That’s so awesome and courageous to start a YouTube channel! Congrats I definitely will check it out!! Never let those comments get you down do exactly whAt you did and turn it positive!! Your so much stronger than those who feel the need to leave rude comments!

  2. Risk for me is taking yoga pictures of myself and posting them to my blog…Same reasons as you posting videos… Don’t want negative comments. Stay strong together!

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