“Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford
We all have to deal with our fair share of failure throughout our lives. Sometimes it’s simply lose a game of chess; other times we lose jobs. Regardless of the nature of the incident, it’s no fun to fail.
Listen, everyone fails. Everyone. From Albert Einstein to Oprah Winfrey, we’ve all been there. Do you know one single person who hasn’t failed before? Didn’t think so? And how many people do you know who have eventually succeeded after trying something several times? A lot, I’m sure.
So why are you giving up on your fitness goals? Let’s rethink this.
First, remember that failure always teaches you something. What happened when you were trying to follow that diet and you gave in and ate that chocolate cake? You felt horrible afterward. Then what did you do? Bet you didn’t eat any cake the next day. And how about when you skipped that week at the gym? Remember how rotten you felt? Your energy level was low and your pants began to get tight. That taught you something. Therefore, you learned. It wasn’t a grand failure, but merely a setback.
What’s preventing you from meeting your goals? Is it time to revamp them? Did you set out on this journey simply to lose weight, or to gain overall fitness? Sometimes, when we realize we were striving for the wrong purpose, we flounder miserably. Get out a notepad, list your goals, and your reasons for wanting them. Soon, the answers should become clearer.
Pay close attention to all the factors that might be contributing to your fitness setbacks. Identify things you might be doing that could be aggravating the problem. Try and recall past situations in which you found yourself under similar circumstances. Do you have an injury that has prevented your attendance at cardio kickboxing class? Have you seen a doctor yet? The sooner you get to the doctor, the sooner you’ll be back on track and in your skinny jeans again. Or perhaps the cardio workout is part of the problem. If swimming, yoga or working with weights doesn’t aggravate the problem, get back into the gym – pronto! Your mind and body will thank you for the nurturing.
Finally, don’t be so hard on yourself. There’s typically a hard road to success. Those who think otherwise are sorely mistaken. With hard work and determination, anything is possible. Remember, nobody’s perfect. Expect some setbacks, and you won’t be so disappointed if and when they occur. Develop a positive attitude toward effort and failure, and you’ll be far less likely to give up when the going gets tough. If you stumble, get up, dust yourself off and keep forging ahead. Soon, you’ll accomplish all you set out to tackle. Good luck, and never, never, never give up!
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