I was running late, and wondering where my friends were. The class was already starting, so I dropped my kids off as fast as I could and ran upstairs with the class pass in my hand. As I walked up to the group fitness room, I noticed that the lights weren’t on and nobody was inside. Weird. I had the right time. I pulled the class schedule up on my phone and that’s when I noticed the absence of the 9am Body Pump Express class. Was it cancelled?
After wandering around the gym and asking various people what was going on, someone directed me to the woman in charge of fitness classes – Pam – and she told me that my favorite class there was cancelled due to lack of fitness instructors.
The next words out of my mouth, after I voiced my sorrow, were “well, I’m not super fit yet, but if you ever need someone to teach that class I’d be willing to do it.”
And that was that.
So I thought. A month later, Pam hunted me down after a another class, and asked me if I would consider becoming an instructor.
So, first lesson. You never know if you’ll be given something until you voice that you want it.
But while I was hoping to teach one little class, she didn’t think it would be a good investment unless I could teach two, as the gym would pay for my certification. I was encouraged to think and pray about it.
And I wondered, could I handle another commitment? This wouldn’t just be a workout: I’d have to come prepared with choreography. I’d have to be there early and leave late. Could I really fit this into my schedule?
How could I overcome my crazy schedule when I wanted to do it all? Because not only was I working, but I was building a business, volunteering with my husband’s ministry, singing on the worship team, raising a toddler, and doing all the other things necessary to keep a life and household going.
With that decision in the air, this is what I learned about wanting to do it all at the same time:
- You have to let something go. Our energy and time are limited, so you’ll have to be content with the fact that meals won’t be cooked or playdates won’t be organized. It’s simply not possible.
- You can scale your growth. One of my commitments is a business, but one of the reasons I’m still able to do it is because I grow it slowly. I only spend the money I have (which isn’t much), and I don’t try to do too much too quickly. Otherwise I’d burn out or damage some relationships due to lack of cultivation.
- You’ll find all the time in the world for the things you love. I ended up taking the Body Pump position, and I haven’t regretted it. It turns out that I love teaching, and I’m good at it. Due to my proclivity in music and all those years of studying it, learning the choreography isn’t difficult for me.
- Operating in your strengths takes less time than operating in your weaknesses. Obviously, it’s valuable to spend time on your weaknesses, but you’ll have to carve out more in your schedule to do it. Like I alluded above, Body Pump was less of a commitment for me because I could use my skills in memorizing and learning choreography quickly.
I’m not done with this idea of overcoming busyness! I hope this content has already given you some food for thought but I’ll be back in a couple days to wrap it all up.