I’m sure you’ve noticed I talk about a lot that doesn’t have all that much to do with the gym, or at least initially appears to not. Why? Because I firmly believe fitness should be a fully integrated part of your life- it shouldn’t just be one hour out of your day that you hate. It should be for your benefit, to improve yourself and your quality of life.
Fitness is more than weights: it’s overall health. This means your mindset, nutrition, self-talk, sleep, what you read… everything should be for the purpose of improving your health and/ or mental state (which does include giving yourself leeway and breaks from all the work you put in).
So, to be able to become a great athlete or achieve your goals, you need a STRONG mindset to carry you there. This takes resilience in the face of disappointment and dedication to what you want most during the toughest times.
Regardless if you are a competitive lifter or just like to get a workout in every day (or just do it because you know it’s good for you), developing a champion’s mindset will serve you in every day life.
Think back to the last time you felt discouraged or intimidated, what did you do with it? Did you let it keep you in your comfort zone, safe and bored…or did you take a chance and feel good knowing that you challenged yourself?
First, let’s address the word “failure”. It sounds harsh and negative… doesn’t it? But what does it really mean? Well, true failing is not achieving what you want and instead of trying again, you give up. That’s failing. Not achieving something while still planning to work at it is not failing. Remember that. You can’t fail as long as you learn, don’t give up, and intend to improve.
Failure is part of growing. If you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying hard enough. It’s how we handle failure that defines us, though. Failing isn’t the problem, in fact, it isn’t even a problem.
Next time you have the opportunity to push your limits, knowing there’s a chance you may fail, I want you to take it anyway. The worst that will happen is you learn, the best thing that will happen is you surprise yourself and expand your comfort zone.