Oftentimes, it is an individual’s belief that they can get fit that allows them to do so, just as it is their belief that they can never reach their fitness goals that prevents them from doing so. Many of us may dream of achieving our fitness goals by lying on our couch and eating chocolate, but the reality is that it takes hard work and perseverance in order to actually reach these goals. We just need to overcome our fear of failure.
Overcoming Fear of Failure
There is a marked difference between prudence and fear. With prudence, you will understand your body’s limits and abilities, and how you can safely challenge it without causing it harm. With fear, you tend to give in to worst case scenarios and give up before you’ve even started trying. Obviously, fear of failure can overwhelm the individual so completely that they don’t even give their fitness goals a chance.
Here are three tips for overcoming fear of failure:
1. Acknowledge your fear. It’s no use simply ignoring what you’re afraid of–you need to actually define and acknowledge it. It’s quite possible that fear is so thoroughly taking up all of your attention and your focus that you haven’t even been able to honestly consider your fitness goals. Take the time to write down exactly what you think will happen if you fail and you may realize that many of your fears are truly unfounded or highly unlikely. This can help you to clear your mind and focus on addressing only those things that you need to resolve in order to move forward.
2. Define your fitness goals. Your fitness goals can be challenging, but they need to be specific and realistic. In other words, you don’t want a goal to be “getting fit”, since this is so broad it leaves room for strange misinterpretations. Instead, a goal could be “lose ten pounds in six weeks”. Stating clear, realistic goals can actually help you to feel in control and better able to reach them.
3. Focus on positive thinking. Successfully achieving any goal often begins with stating positively that one can. The more you tell yourself that you will overcome all obstacles and reach your fitness goals, the more you will believe it and the harder you will work to make it so.