Summer is now over, and it's time to face the unknown again.
I'm without contract. I'm not sure where my next Confidence Workshops will be held. And I've spent the bulk of my savings. It would be easy to panic. Instead, I'm doing something to push the limits of my own confidence.
Many years ago, as a young child trying to learn to swim in my local pool, one of the "cool kids" decided it would really be fun to push me under water and scare me half to death. I was very lucky. My dad was there to see me floundering and rescue me. I immediately suffered from a loss of confidence and had no desire to ever go near a swimming pool again. By the time I left high school, I could barely manage to swim a length of the pool. In fact, I swum always by the edge, where I could grab for the wall if I got splashed. Fortunately, times have changed.
Finally, in my 20s, a boyfriend had the patience to help me master the basics of breast stroke. I got to the stage where I could manage a few lengths. I've never been what you'd call a swimmer, and my local pool has always been a total mystery to me. I've had some injuries this year, and haven't been enjoying as much of my usual exercise (dancing) as I'd like. So I've become quite unfit - and yes - with all the travel fun, overweight too.
The idea of signing up to go swimming before breakfast several times a week is alien to a self-confessed night owl.
We all need a challenge in life, and I think this is something I can do. I know I will feel better for the regular exercise, and hopefully, when I achieve the challenge, I'll feel amazing. And if I can raise a decent amount for the charity, it's a triple whammy.
Consider setting your own personal challenge. Going out of your comfort zone on a regular basis is one of the key ways to grow your #ConfidenceWithin.
You can do it.