We’re entirely too hard on ourselves.  Sure, there are some things that we should actually be tougher on ourselves about (don’t eat that cheesecake if you know you’re going to feel miserable in the morning.  Speak your truth.  If you’re tired all the time, stop going to bed so late and clean up your diet.  Anything you’re always complaining about, change.  Just to name a few :)).  

But I think there are far more things that we should actually cut ourselves some slack in and realize we’ve come a long ways and are doing REALLY well at.Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 11.12.17 AM

And specifically around things that we WANT to be really good at.  The things we dream about being great at, but question whether we will ever be. 

Case in point.  I want to be really good at Brazilian Zouk.  If you haven’t seen Brazilian Zouk, watch this even 30 seconds of this video.  In my opinion, it’s the most beautiful, connective and soulful partner dance that I have ever seen or experienced.  I’m in LOVE with this dance – it calls to my spirit on every level.

However, I currently suck. 

Or at least I FEEL like I suck :)  Even though I’ve taught NIA and teach Zumba, know I’m a great dance teacher and absolutely love dancing, Zouk hasn’t come as naturally to me.  Not. In. The. Slightest.  

I’ll have a private lesson or social dance with our Miami Zouk group on Monday night and sometimes I feel like, WOW, I’m getting this! And then the next two times I feel like I’ve backslid into the land of the un-co white girl who can’t dance and shouldn’t even be trying.

Today though, I found a video that one of my dance teachers took of me 6 weeks ago.  Nyx videos our lesson every time we dance…and I cringe every time I watch them after he leaves, critiquing myself.  

But you know what?  When I saw the video from 6 weeks ago, I was so MUCH more uncoordinated – ha :)  My hips didn’t move at all, I looked rigid, SCARED and oh so tense! The CURRENT video (while I still don’t look that great) shows my hips moving, me laughing and having fun and relaxing more into my body.  And there are some moves that I even look completely natural in (granted, amidst the moves that I still look like a deconstructed Zouker :))

When I saw that video, I realized HOW FAR I HAD COME in 6 weeks.  Which made me realize how much further I will be in 6 weeks.  And then 6 months.  Then Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 7.03.33 PMin a year, I will probably actually be really good.  And then in two years I will be teaching Brazilian Zouk and helping others realize that they are doing GREAT, that they have come such a long ways and they are going to be an amazing Zouk dancer if they just keep going after their dream.

So what about YOU?

  • What do you want to be really good at?
  • What do fear you might never get “good enough” at, that is stopping you from even trying?
  • Who are you comparing yourself to, that is stopping you?
  • Have you quit something recently that you really wish you could do, just because it doesn’t come naturally to you and is hard to learn?

What do you want to be really good at…that you LOVE…that is a DREAM for you?

Never, ever give up on a dream.  That’s your heart, soul, intuition and every part of you, speaking to you.

You can do and be anything that you really want to be – it just takes consistent effort over time.  Most people don’t realize that that one AMAZING song took MONTHS to produce.  That that transformational speaker took years to grow into her speaking ability.  That that successful writer/blogger/youtuber produced great content every week, for two years before she even had a smidgen of a following.

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Remind yourself that the expert in anything was also once a beginner, and that you’ll speed up the process by relaxing, breathing and being your own best supporter.  

And if it’s something that you LOVE…you’ve got time to master it.  

You’ve got your whole life.

But don’t wait.

Start now.



Do you have a similar story?  In your business?  In your life?  Share below in the comments – I would love to hear :) 

Be Happy…Be Vibrant…



Carmen xo

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