One thing we all fear and downright hate is failure. I know as a competitive person, I loathe it. I couldn’t stand it as an athlete, a coach, a teacher or a human being. The saying goes, “we learn so much more from our failures than our successes!” Another is one that gets me “it’s all about trial and error!” I agree with both of these statements but they have little comfort when you are look at yourself in the mirror after NOT accomplishing your goal, NOT EVEN CLOSE! And you see the person that is successful their first time out, and it is frustrating. Do we hate them for being successful, of course not but why do they get it their first time out and I can’t seem to get it right on my third or fourth attempt? What am I doing wrong? Why is this so hard for me? I worked hard, but I came up short. Well there really isn’t a perfect answer to this riddle and I will be darned if I know it. I would write a book and make my million.
First thing is to avoid comparing yourself to others… easier said than done. We have a society that is infatuated with the perfect fit body and that is what we see on the magazine covers and reality shows. Enough already! My only advice for those wanting a certain body or lifestyle is find what works for you, how to get yourself happy, not much else matters. Not the contents of your wallet, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes. Superficial nonsense. Social media has all of us trying to project the image of the perfect life. I call this the “highlight reel.” We all have struggles and hardships that go along with the journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. It won’t matter if you have the most expensive training equipment, the most expensive trainer, and the most sought after lifestyle if you can’t make yourself happy.
So what do you do when you fail miserably, dust yourself off and try again, and again if needed. I am confident it WILL happen for me or anyone else that has the desire and heart to never stop, never quit. I am not a walking cliché, but I am a very firm believer that failing is ok once you stop looking at it as if everything fell apart. It’s what you do after you have been kicked in the teeth. Will you tuck tail and run away? No, not this guy. Keep putting your time in and cut yourself some slack once in a while. It all doesn’t have to happen at once. When you take care of yourself, everything else will fall into place, have faith in that and be proud of the work you have done to get you where you are and anticipate the road of success you are traveling on and enjoy the ride!
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