The Power of Vulnerability

I'm just realising the title of this blog sounds like the title of a self-help book. *IDEA* write a self-help book and become rich. In reality, it's just some musings I've had about a change in direction I've taken the club and the business. In these post COVID times, everyone has had to adapt and change their approach to all manner of things, from their jobs, their hobbies, and even their relationships. I've found over the past few months that adapting to change requires a certain level of vulnerability, a certain level of risk which is very difficult to do. It's hard to put yourself out there, and risk what you have built in order to better your situation, but it's often quite necessary to grow.

Recently I've decided to become way more engaged in the online element of the gym. Engaging not only in more of my own content, but also in the wider martial arts and fitness community, something that I used to be nervous about. I've thought long and hard about why that might be, I think that I may have still had a little imposter syndrome about whether I was "in the arena" with these other gyms/coaches/brands etc. When you have that feeling, it's difficult to put yourself out there, to be vulnerable, especially when you know you would care about their opinion, or how they feel about you. I don't think the answer is ever to think "I don't care about what people think about me" because 1. You're lying, everyone does, and 2. It's important to take in as much from around you as you can, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and use it to grow.

Something that has helped has been getting testimonials from some of my students for online content. Hearing what the club has meant to them has really given me confidence that I am on the right track, so maybe that's a solution to the imposter syndrome, to listen and concentrate on the feedback you're getting from the REALLY IMPORTANT SOURCES, whatever walk of life. I was vulnerable with my first clients, jumping into something totally new, and teaching something I care about was a scary thing for me at the start, but now I feel like I'm becoming a better coach every day, I guess I'll just try and apply that to all the elements of my business and hopefully it will work out. This would be my advice to anyone who wants to start training with us, you've got to be vulnerable right at the start, to be willing to put yourself in the arena and fail. Any good coach, any good team will help you to make the most of it, I really feel like that is what we have built here, a place where people who feel vulnerable have a chance to really succeed.

So maybe you've found this through one of our socials, Insta or Facebook, and if so then great, it worked, you're here and we are engaging, or maybe you stumbled across this post and now you'll check us out, either way, this is the fruit of the vulnerable labour, and we here at Kickstart Kickboxing sure are happy to be in the arena.

Peace, Love and Hard Work,


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