What does your workout mean to you? Are your expectations high? Do you give it a priority because you value your health and fitness? Or is it just something you do because you know “it’s good for you”?
I hope you value your fitness and find the time to work out because you enjoy it. I also hope that you have high expectations of yourself. High expectations mean challenging yourself to do better every day.
What happens when you have a day when things don’t go quite as you had hoped? Well, then I hope you can put it in perspective.
Sometimes I see some of you shaking your head back and forth “no”, or stating “Thrusters (fill in the blank with your challenge) again? I suck at those!” That may be the point in time when you have lost perspective.
The thing is, you have to fail some time. You have to have a sucky day. How else are you going to get better? Sometimes I have to remind myself how lucky I am that I am able to fail. I am lucky that I am healthy enough to work out and that my family members support my endeavors.
This quote by John Wooden is a great one to remember “If you’re not making mistakes then you’re not doing anything”. Learn from your mistakes. Let them make you stronger. Let them give you substance.
Keep reaching for success and keep challenging yourself. Cut yourself some slack when your day isn’t perfect or you don’t meet your expectations. Get angry about it – that’s ok. But then get over it. Be thankful you have the opportunity to do it all again, to fail again, to succeed again, to be a better you.
If you’re having a day that isn’t going the way you planned, maybe that’s a good time to look around and see who needs encouragement around you. Complimenting someone and seeing the smile on their face is a fabulous way to feel better. Go ahead and try it. You’ll be amazed.
Shake your head up and down, ‘yes’. Take a deep breath. Be grateful.