Life is full of lessons. There is so much to learn if you are paying attention. As I have stated so many times before, I initially started my fitness journey to manage my depression and anxiety. The gym has become a very sacred place for me like it is for so many others. It was through fitness, I learned so much more about myself.
Here are the top three (3) lessons that my fitness journey has taught me thus far...
(1) Fear of failure is one of the BIGGEST roadblocks.
Will Smith stated,
"Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real, but fear is a choice."
This quote speaks volumes! So, why not do something that forces you to step out of your comfort zone? Why not overcome some of your fears? I decided to compete in a figure competition... something that I'm terrified to do! Yet, here I am... 4 weeks out… financially invested so there is no turning back now.
(2) Don't look at it as a failure, but a lesson.
I take failure horribly. I sometimes slip into depression when I fail at something I’m trying to accomplish; whether it's career goals or weight loss goals - I don't take failure well. However, this is all about mindset. Did you fail or did you learn something new in that moment? Failure teaches you resilience, patience, and it can teach you about choices. You can choose to fail and quit or fail and keeping going doing what you need to do until you succeed.
(3) Conquering yourself is the first step to unlimited success.
Mindset is EVERYTHING. It is something that I still struggle with and something I will continue to work on. All fitness goals are geared towards creating a better you. Your mind may tell you that you can't, but you have to battle those thoughts to say that you can and you will. The skills you gain by overcoming negative thoughts to accomplish fitness goals will begin to leak into every area of your life making you see your true self... a master of your own fate.
In conclusion, I used fitness to create a better version of myself both physically and mentally. Push yourself to grow at your own pace, but do not become stagnant and sabotage your own future. Be persistent and self-disciplined. You got this!