Have you ever heard that failure in fitness, as in life is an essential ingredient to the over all process?
See without it we can never reach beyond our preconceived limits, we can never hit the heights of our abilities.
Within my own fitness journey over the past 2 months I have attempt a new PB in my Back squat, Front squat, Snatch and clean and jerk…And each time I’ve fallen short and not reached a new PB. Missing lift after lift over and over again. I’m getting close but just not reaching it.
However this is the reality of what can occur when ANY OF US try and push past our limits and this made me think of this blog post today.
Fitness is all about fitter, stronger, faster and improvement. Its all about small marginal gains made over a long period of time. AND the same is true for business, climbing the corporate ladder, relationships and personal development, they are all achieved and built through small marginal gains done consistently over time.
The ONLY way we can improve is to push beyond our current preconceived limitations. The thing is, when we push to our limits we are much more likely to miss the mark, make a mistake or screw up…Than we are likely to succeed.
The problem occurs when people are so fearful of making a mistake, or they fear failure, or they lack self belief in their own abilities that they are unconfident about pushing outside of these limits. So they end up living in their comfort zone. They end up procrastinating and being halted by fear.
So they end up playing it safe, staying in the comfort zone, not taking risks because of a lack of self belief. Also is he/she has ventured out before and put it on the line and failed, this has probably been fatal to their self confidence. Now meaning they are less likely to venture out again in the future.
The issue is that may of us have this impression that failure means the end, it spells disaster. But I’m a big believer in that we NEED to make mistakes so we can find our true path.
What I believe with failure is this:
- The route I have chosen isn’t right for me, so chose a different way.
- I’m not ready to be at that level right now, but in time I will be.
- I must work harder and smarter.
- I’ve learned something that I can change for next time to get a different outcome.
- Failure isn’t the end, its an opportunity to learn, adapt and put things right for next time.
The saying “We win or we learn” is a great saying because its true. If you don’t get the outcome or result you we’re hoping for, you actually learned something that can be implemented next time so you get a different outcome.
Remember that FAILURE is NEVER FINAL. It’s only showing us that the route we have taken may not be right…So go another way.
We learn through our mistakes and as long as we aren’t fearful of doing so we can pick up on valuable lessons that make us better next time. I encourage you to find a successful person in the world who hasn’t failed more often than they have won.
Anyone who wants to achieve more whether that be in the gym, sport, business, career, income or life will have to taste preconceived failure more often than they taste success. This is the price we pay for going to our limits. This is what raises our own bar and takes us to that next level in whatever our venture is.
To move us forward in life we will have to go to our limits and continue to push to break through them. During training, in the lab, in the office, at home or where ever it is you do your work, you will have to drop the ego and embrace the screw ups and mistakes…Because its all part of the learning process.
Then sometime in the not so distant future when it matters, when it happens, when it’s go time, when all eyes are on you…that’s when you’ll hit your next level, your PB. That’s when you’ll achieve your personal greatness, that’s when you’ll past your current sticking point. That’s when all the f**k ups are forgotten for that moment of glory and success.
Failure in fitness is like life, it has to happen for us to push past it toward future greatness….Because failure is never final and its never fatal.
Failure is never final or fatal unless you ALLOW it to be.
I dare you to do that thing that’s making you feel scared and unsure of yourself. I dare you to try that new PB in the gym. I dare you to train for that marathon. I dare you to enter that competition, I dare you to pursue your passions in life, I dare you to enhance your knowledge, I dare you to step up and try. I dare you to learn from your mistakes and use that to get a better outcome next time…
I dare you to try it over and over again and see what outcome you get.
Because the reality of the situation is this…You deserve to make your life the best it can become and you owe it to yourself to at the very least TRY.
PS: Failure is never Final…We either win or we learn.