Giving up isn’t an option – But its perfectly fine to fail!
In our pursuit of fitness it is really easy to fall into the trap of failing and then giving up. I have done it myself so I know what its like!
I missed a class at the gym so then I had failed. I was down about it and then I missed another class that week because – well I had already failed so it didn’t matter anymore. Then I went out for fish and chips because I was a failure and then I didn’t make class the next week either, and so it went on until I accepted that I had given up.
I have given up like this a few times. The giving up part is such a relief, it takes away the guilt of knowing that I am doing the wrong thing. It makes me feel so much better about myself because I have accepted that I have given up and therefore I don’t need to worry anymore.
Do you recognise these feelings? Go on – be truthful.
So many of us do it! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Failure isn’t a bad thing. Failure is, in fact, a good thing.
One of my favorite quotes is from the basketball player Michael Jordan –
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Isn’t that powerful? He shows us in just one sentence that failure is nothing to be afraid of and that it is essential for success.
Every time that you fail you have just given yourself a chance to learn more, to grow as a person and to become better and get closer to where you want to be. Failing is actually just temporary.
Giving up however is permanent. Its an admission that you don’t want to reach the end. That you are not strong enough or determined enough, that you don’t have enough motivation to succeed.
But you know thats not true – of course you have enough motivation! You know exactly why you want to be fitter, healthier or lose weight. You have reasons that are very important to you and you don’t want to give up, do you.
And you don’t have to.
Failing doesn’t mean the end – far from it! Its another reason to come back stronger!
So if you have missed a workout this week, or you didn’t feel like going out for a walk in the rain, don’t accept defeat. Don’t see yourself as a failure. See the truth, see that you were tired and need some more sleep or you should take some healthy snacks to work to keep energy levels up long enough to go to the gym after work. Find a way to come back better and stronger than before and use failure to your advantage.
And tell yourself that giving up just isn’t an option. No matter what, no matter how many times you fail!
That what I did and what I still do – I keep failing and I keep coming back and I am so happy that I do because being fit is great! It’s a wonderful lifestyle