REALITY CHECK: If you have a dream, a goal you need to be prepared for some hiccups along the way.
We strive for perfection how ever this may look within our head, so we choose to live and act in ways to prevent mistakes or cause us the least discomfort by not taking risks or getting out of our comfort zones. We don’t want to get hurt or be disappointed if things don’t go the way we would like them to.
So it’s only natural to want to cover up our mistakes or be embarrassed about them or get disheartened and want to give up but if we can learn to see mistakes as a guide in our growth and our learning, it will increase your ability to change and become a better version of yourself.
Here is 3 ways to keep those mistakes and setbacks in perspective as you go through your fitness and health journey
- Mistakes will teach you about who you are, what works for you and what doesn’t. So you decided to give running ago and found yourself making up all kinds of excuses as to why you couldn’t get your run in – well running doesn’t work for you, it does not mean that exercising isn’t your thing. Try a different form of exercise.
- Mistakes will teach you take responsibility. When we aren’t getting the results we would like it’s easy to pass the blame as to why it isn’t our fault and why it isn’t working. Taking responsibility for what isn’t working isn’t fun but doing so will allow you to see what you can do differently – maybe you have been a bit slack and dropped back on your workouts or you have stopped pushing yourself in your workouts/need to push yourself to the next level to keep getting results or have you been eating a little too much or eating the wrong foods?
- Mistakes teaches you about integrity. Mistakes will often occur when we break a promise or over commit ourselves. This can be a sign that our words and actions aren’t in alignment and if this is the case you need to sit down and re-examine your intentions, your commitments and adjust your actions accordingly. Did you commit yourself to working out 6 times a week when in reality you can only workout 3 times a week???
So next time things don’t go to plan ask yourself why did this happen and how can I avoid this?