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Earlier this week I wrote about the pressure we put on ourselves and my belief in the need to accept that failure is inevitable, but accepting it with grace is the key to moving forward.
Following our last powerlifting meet in May, my fellow teammate and Miss Fit, Jen wrote a post about her less than optimal performance in this blog: http://www.themissfits.com/epic-fail/.
But you know what? She didn’t quit. She was back in the gym as usual a few days after the meet ready to start the work all over again, knowing that training would involve a tougher mental component as well.
And this time…she’s going to kill it. We all usually have off days in training but for a good six months her lifts have been solid, her form has been great and her work ethic is matched by no one. She’s good at this sport. Very good. And part of the reason she is going to make this meet her b*tch is because of the attitude she has. She doesn’t complain or lament about the past. She’s quietly plotting her revenge on the bar that let her down just a few short months ago.
Look forward to hearing how her “epic fail” turns into success at our next meet.
I am my own worst enemy. I bet you would say the same for yourself. We set goals, deadlines and standards for ourselves that we wouldn’t necessarily expect from others. I think aspiring to be more and do more is a good thing, and definitely part of a competitive nature, but every once in a while we need to give ourselves a break. And maybe even a pat on the back for what you have achieved thus far.
We’re about 5 weeks out from the powerlifting competition and for me, during recent workouts, the nerves are starting to creep in. I’m mentally calculating what the weights need to be for my first, second and third attempts so I can PR on my fourth. I’m starting to second guess my training performance wondering if it will be enough to reach my goals and I’m worried that I might fail.
Guess what? I’m going to fail. Maybe in training or maybe in competition but it’s going to happen. It’s inevitable. And I need to tell myself that it’s ok. That’s life my friend and if I didn’t fail, I’d be perfect and that’s far from the truth.
But what I I think is important is to not beat myself up over it and remind myself to be proud of the work I’ve done. If it doesn’t pay off with a new big PR, then I should just shake it off and keep on working. That’s true in the gym and in all areas of life.
Keep working, keep striving to do more and be more…but be proud of who you already are and what you’ve done to get there.
Doing the work and hoping it pays off!
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