Fear and hesitation are natural reactions to the unknown. You hesitate to ask your boss for the raise you believe you deserve, because you’re afraid they’ll say no. You shy away from telling someone you love them for fear the feeling isn’t mutual. You keep both feet planted safely on the ground while your friends try skydiving, because you have a paralyzing fear heights.
You haven’t signed up for your first weightlifting meet yet because you’re afraid people might judge you for the amount of weight you’re lifting, you might miss a lift, you may not win the competition, or because you’re worried you’ll look stupid in a singlet.
The good news is, fear is a very curable disease! And the remedy is within you. All you have to do to cure fear is take action. You deserve to live an exciting, fulfilling life. That starts with stepping out of your comfort zone and onto a weightlifting competition platform. Assuming you can snatch and clean and jerk without killing yourself or anyone in your immediate vicinity, all you have to do is sign up for the competition. The rest is easy.
Once you’ve signed up, you’re committed. You’re working towards something. With that meet marked on the calendar, even on your bad days you’ll want to get into the gym to practice your lifting. You have a new drive to give 100% effort in every day of practice so you can put your best foot forward on game day. All you have to do is show up to training and put in the work. Your coach will guide you through the rest and make sure you’re set up for success.
The experience of competition is like nothing else. It’s a one-man show, you’re in a singlet, and all eyes are on you while you lift. It’s up to you to choose how you feel about the situation. You can decide it’s scary and intimidating. Or you can choose to see it as exciting, and use the nerves you feel as good energy rather than bad energy. The adrenaline rush you feel from making a lift in that pressure-packed situation is unlike any other, and it will keep you coming back for more.
Weightlifting is a small community of like-minded people. You all like lifting weights, pushing yourself beyond your perceived limits, pancakes, donuts, and sandwiches. Those you compete with automatically become your friends. Now you’ve got a bunch of new, strong friends to continue training and competing with. Your weightlifting family just got a bit bigger.
And to quell your most pressing fear, everyone looks stupid in a singlet. You’re not alone. In fact, you’re in great company. There are no style points in weightlifting for how good you look in a singlet. All that matters is that you can lift the weight.
Stepping foot onto the competition platform isn’t about winning. It’s about proving to yourself that you’re capable of more than you ever realized. It’s about pushing yourself and becoming stronger. It’s about growing as a person and an athlete.
The cool thing about competing in weightlifting is that it will boost motivation and strength in all areas of your life. All you’ve done is stepped on a platform and taken six total attempts at two lifts, but suddenly you feel like you can conquer anything. Tackle one fear, and suddenly you want to attack them all.
Don’t let your fears hold you back from doing the very things that will make you a better, stronger version of yourself. Nothing is beyond your reach, and facing your fears gives you confidence to believe in yourself. One by one, kick your fears in the butt and start living a life that makes you the happiest version of you.