Failure

Have you ever avoided something because you are scared of failIng? Of course you have.

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This fear of failure is something we pick up in adolescence or adulthood. It protects our ego.

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You never see a toddler trying to walk that falls down the first time say ‘well I guess walking isn’t for me’ they just get up and keep failing until they get it right.

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This failing concept, people see as a negative thing so they try and avoid it. It doesn’t feel comfortable to not achieve something when we try. So our ego tells us to avoid these circumstances.

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I see this with personal training clients when I start working with them and after a bit of a time, I get them to lift a bit heavier.

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They are heartbroken when they fail on their last repetition. Their whole demeanour changes and I interject before they start beating themselves up about it.

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I explain to them that I want them to get to that point. That failure. I want them to understand that it is at this point we adapt and change.

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I want them to continue to fail, but fail better. Next time they fail it will be at a heavier weight and so on.

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You will learn far more from these failures than you do successes.

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I love that feeling of failing, I embrace it, hopefully, you will too.

Published by Andrew Shaw

Personal Trainer Chocolate connoisseur Lifts weights Holiday lover I interview fitness folk on YouTube

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