“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
This has long been one of my favorite quotes. There have definitely been times in my life where I didn’t do something because of fear of failure or not being good enough.
Do negative thoughts often run through your head? Does fear of inadequacy or fear of judgement keep you from getting into the gym and working hard to achieve your goals? Failure doesn’t happen when you try and don’t succeed the first time; it happens either when you choose not to try at all or when you give up. After all, Thomas Edison tried over 1,000 times until he successfully invented the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did feel to fail 1,000 times?”, Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” What an inspiration!
Go after what you want 100%. Don’t let anything hold you back, and don’t leave anything on the floor. Give it all you have, whether it be your job, a hobby, or your health and fitness journey. If you allow fear to hold you back, you will always wonder what you could have accomplished if you would have put forth your best effort. If you aren’t where you want to be with your health, then set some goals and work hard to achieve them. Reach out to people who want to help you. And if you don’t reach your goals in the time frame you set, that’s okay. Do YOUR best, whatever that looks like. Push yourself, and find motivation to keep working hard until you get to where you want to be.
Most importantly, believe in yourself. Don’t let other people or yourself get you down. Remember, you are your own worst critic. The mind is more powerful than the body, and I believe that with determination and focus, you can do anything you set your mind to.