Back in the saddle again
June 18, 2012
Back in the saddle again.
We are just past the half-way mark in the 30 Class Challenge at Retrofit. Over 100 people have risen to the challenge to complete 30 classes in 30 days during the month of June.
It’s exciting to see the very obvious progress our challengers are making. After 18 consecutive pilates sessions you can start to see in them profound differences in strength, coordination, muscle definition, posture and more.
Their bodies are changing. But even more, their attitude is changing. The challengers are starting to feel more confident. This confidence comes in part because they are feeling physically stronger.
Physical fitness gives you confidence.
But their confidence is also increasing because they realize they are capable of accomplishing the goal they have set for themselves - 30 classes in 30 days.
Some time ago I wrote about the power of small victories and how they fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns. Small victories help us to establish habits and patterns that ultimately lead to bigger victories.
I wonder however, if the opposite is true? What is the impact of small failures? Do smaller failures lead eventually to bigger failures?
No. Failure of any kind, big or small, erodes our confidence and self-esteem. But it doesn’t necessarily set us up for more failure.
It sets us up for fear. If we fail once, we are often unlikely to try again for fear we will fail again.
There is only one antidote to failure. Get back in the saddle and try again.
Haven’t got 18 classes in this month? Go to class anyway. Go
to as many classes as you can.
Didn’t finish that 5k race? Sign up for another one and start training again.
Get over it. If you had not tried, you would not have failed. But nor will you ever succeed.
Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. Set yourself a new goal and try again.
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