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What I’ve Learned About Taking the First Step

Posted by Shanna Tingom, AAMS® on Apr 18, 2019, 9:09:26 AM

Taking the first step is all it takes to create a different life for yourself whether that’s going to yoga class after a long hiatus or your first visit with a financial advisor.

My Fitness Journey

10 years ago I started a hobby of teaching fitness classes. I loved teaching and wanted to get into good enough shape to run a ½ marathon. I discovered Les Mills classes and fell in love. Eventually I got certified to teach Les Mills RPM and Body Pump as well as PiYo. Some of you knew me from those days. For two years I taught 8-10 classes a week, and I LOVED it. I also practiced Bikram (hot) Yoga when I wasn’t teaching.

Then life got in the way and I gave up teaching.

Fast forward to 2019, and I committed to riding RAGBRAI in 2020, which is a 5-day bike ride across Iowa. Last week, after making it through the worst of tax season, I signed up for my first Hot Yoga class at the Yoga Spot. My goal for the first class was to stay through half. I barely made it. And I still had to come home and take an hour nap!

My goal for class today was to stay through the whole class. Even if I had to Shavasana (lay down) for most of it. When I woke up, I didn’t even want to go but I knew I needed to take the first step. As I’m leaving for class, I grabbed my mat and yoga mat towel out of the dryer. I get there and roll out the mat, shake out the towel to lay over it, and a pair of underwear that was in the load in the dryer falls right on my mat. All I could think was, so that’s how it’s going to be today

I made it through about 20 minutes of yoga, and the rest of the class I spend doing a few poses in between Shavasana while heartily trying to ignore the other participants. They flowed seamlessly through posts and hand or head stands. I was sticky and crabby.

The instructor asked me how I felt and all I could say was, “TERRIBLE!” but I had taken the first step.

I went to class and stayed for the entire time. Next time will be easier and I will hate it less than I did today.

Sometimes financial planning is like that.

Prospective clients come to me not knowing what to expect and feeling they’re behind in their planning. If that sounds like you, take a minute to celebrate that you’ve taken the first step or two – you made an appointment and came to it with an open mind. Good for you!

This week I had a sweet new client come into my office. She said she was physically ill due to nervousness. An hour later, as she was walking out smiling, and with a plan that included small changes she needed to make that we agreed on.

I asked her how she felt and she said, “I feel better now than when I came in! I made it and next time will be easier than it was today.”

Yes, it will be better because she has taken the first step and so can you.

Often, all that matters is taking that first step. Then another and another. Whether it’s yoga class or financial planning, I promise it gets easier.