Does this sound familiar? You get a bee in your bonnet about something and jump right into it. Then, maybe you realize the timing is all off and you weren’t quite ready to do what you planned so you set it aside until later.
In 2016 I decided I wanted to expand my scope of practice so I purchased a course for a Health Coaching Certification. A Health Coach guides their clients to make healthy behavioral changes through goal setting, education, motivation, programming and support. It’s a deeper dive into the health and fitness arena.
It was a pricey program and I planned to take 3-4 months to read, study and get my certification in my spare time. No pressure.
I was so excited when I received the big, fat manual, course notes, etc. and I got to work.
I’d read a bit every day and then come back and read some more, etc. I highlighted passages, wrote notes, put post-its on important points, but nothing was sticking. I couldn’t retain the info, I kept re-reading chapters and paragraphs because as you may guess, the timing was off. And as such, I just wasn’t ready to receive.
Last week, out of the blue I decided that I’d start over. Because if you know me at all, you know I’m no quitter. Anyway, I figured out the time of day that I could block out an hour to read and study and take it one hour at a time.
When I went to look for my big fat manual, it was nowhere to be found. I know I did a huge purge a few months ago and I vaguely remember finding my materials and I’m pretty sure I tossed it. Probably muttering something about what a waste of money it was. Again, pricey course. Bad timing. (And I am a compulsive throw-awayer of things that I will need at a later time. It’s been proven to me again and again. )
Luckily ACE Fitness is smarter than I am and provide the program materials online. Yay them. So I’m off to the races.
Let this be a lesson to you. It’s ok if your timing is off. But never shut the door completely to an opportunity or goal. And for crying out loud, don’t throw your stuff away.
Now go run!