A couple of blogs ago I talked about our Comfort Zones and why reaching this stage can be de-motivating for both clients and trainers alike. This week I’d like to go back in time and discuss a far more common fear around weight-loss and fitness, a fear that can engulf you before you even begin contemplating exercise, and a fear than can and does frequently put people off exercising at all – the fear of Failure.
With any journey you embark on there is always a chance that you may fail. Everyone, including the fittest of us all, will experience disappointment in some form. It could be a weight-loss or gain plateau, a failure to lift heavier from one week to the next, a diet-related fall off the wagon, regression in form due to injury or illness, the list is endless.
If you fail – remember two things. The first is that everyone, even that super-sexy model you follow on social media, has days were they don’t stick to a regime. We’re humans, not robots, and the road to fitness is never going to be a perfectly smooth one. I actually think that’s the beauty of training – a step back can be the encouragement you need to push farther and dig deeper next time.
Secondly – failure is relative. You’ve only failed if you think you have. You could choose to perceive a chocolate binge or a slower 5k PB as a step back or you could choose to look at the bigger picture and realise that it’s A-OK to afford yourself some down-time, and that by deciding to change the way you live is success in itself – as long as you stay focused, love yourself and recognise how awesome it is each and every time you achieve something, those times when you think you ‘failed’ will become an important part of your path to better health.
A good trainer will never let you feel like you've failed. A good trainer will embrace every step you take, be it forward or backward. A good trainer will help you in any way they can to get you back on track and remind you how far you've come <3