The Top 5 Reasons People Fail

“I told myself we will not fail”

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However many people do fail, especially at fitness and health goals.

Over the next several days I want to share with you the top 5 things I have noticed about why people fail at all sorts of things in life that also apply to fitness.

Check them out and see if you can identify with any of them.

I’ll also list a new way of thinking or acting for you to contemplate to combat them.

Cause honestly it’s not about never feeling, thinking or doing any of the things we’ll discuss.

This is about being aware of when you are displaying a “failure bias” if you will, and having the tools at your disposal to make the shift out of the failure mindset and actions.

#1 Fear of Failure – Failure is not fun, it’s unnerving, can shatter your confidence and crush your pride. It can set you back and make you lose hope. Frankly, it can be embarrassing to fail!

People may murmur a little “uhhhh-huuuh. I don’t know why she tried that!” or “I guess she’s not as good as she thought she was”, “I knew that fitness kick, wouldn’t last” even “I told her that wouldn’t work.”.

Side note: these are people that are usually too afraid to take a chance themselves or fear others “stealing” some of their light.

So instead of going through the discomfort of failure, lots of people just don’t even really try.

New Way Of thinking:

Change your mind about failure. Instead of only fearing it:

  1. A) Channel Your Fear; use it to motivate you to train (or study) hard, focus and do your best.

“I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordanget-it-right

  1. B) Learn From it: figure out what else you need to adjust, try or focus on to succeed next time.

C). Fail Forward: You focus, you work, you learn, you study….you fail. But I bet you are you closer to your goal than when you started. That is failing forward.

“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.” -Robert Schuller

D). Shake It Off (I know you’re hearing T.S. right now) EVERYONE fails at something at some point. In fact if you fail, you’re in great company.

The worth and value of YOU is not tied to if you actually lose 37 pounds in 37 days or if you hit your PR goal at that 10k or if can nail that pull-up on completion day.

Does that mean you don’t go after it and do everything you can to make it happen?

Nope, remember acceptance and allowing yourself grace does not mean being lazy, apathetic or uncommitted.

I enjoy setting goals and crushing them. You probably do too. But IF the big F happens you are not less than you were before.

In fact you are now worth more because you have a new experience and more knowledge than at the start.

Another of my favorite quotes is this: “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

Breathe.