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Fear Factor versus X Factor

Emotional and physical challenges face us all however being as best prepared as we can is key to getting beyond that point. Whether we talk about seeking employment or life in general a fear of the unfamiliar is common. The fear of the unknown can sometimes be very difficult to describe because this fear is nothing more than an obstacle put in place by your mind and often enough, it restrains your ability to perform to the fullest in various walks of life.

Every time an individual encounters an unfamiliar situation, the fear manifests itself, and prevents an individual from taking the right decisions in life. Usually, an individual chooses to run away from the situation, and in the process losses certain opportunities in life. This is why it is important at times to move away from your comfort zone to allow you to experience different things in life.

The fear of the unknown can make its way into your life through various different sources. While some worry about gaining employment, there are others who fear about their body weight, public appearance and so on. Making the unfamiliar more familiar will tackle this problem head on and you will see yourself grow in confidence.

Let us help you grow in confidence, get healthier and fitter. Let us give you volunteer or work experience so that you become more employable.

Imagine you’re surrounded by people with the same aspirations as yourself. Being able to meet as many people as possible, asking as many questions as you want (and getting answers) cannot be underestimated. There are other added benefits too, such as our shared space gym facilities and our resources, but it’s mostly being able to share the experience with others on the same journey. A lot of young people and groups from across Belfast have already taken the first step and taken advantage of our facilities and help. You will never win the 'X Factor if you’re not prepared to step onto the stage! Come and join us.

  • Remember that success doesn’t happen overnight. You have to get prepared. Start small and work your way toward your bigger picture.


  • Lean on your community. We have many groups of people you can bounce ideas off. It’s so important to have a community to support you in your endeavours and to return that support to them when they need it.


  • Believe in who you are and what you can do. When you attempt something, and your heart is pounding, you have to believe that the practice you’ve done will help you achieve the challenge in front of you.


  • Define your goal. You have to know what your dream is to live it.


  • Be dedicated. No success comes without challenges. Don’t let setbacks or hiccups prevent you from moving forward.


  • Record your progress.  Your successes, and the not so good days. It will help you move forward.


  • Live a positive, impactful life. Positivity is a lifeline. We all get bad news and circumstances, but having a positive attitude will make it easier.


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