Many gyms have a PR bell or something to recognize that you performed better than your previous best. You know it is out there. It is there to begin the celebration of progress, of gaining strength, or getting faster. For some, it is a motivator…something that pushes us to do our very best. And some of us, do not even want to think about it.
We see that next weight on the bar, our new max, and we are afraid. Our old best was heavy and it was hard. What if I fail? What if I just cannot pick it up today. What does that mean? I have been training for 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, to get stronger. What if I am still standing on the same plateau after my next attempt. The fear of failure gets into our heads and slowly starts to eat away at us. So we ask ourselves again…
What if I fail?
I am going to tell you the truth about your fear. You are not afraid of failure. You are afraid of succeeding. You are afraid of learning that by working hard, you can in fact grow and get better. You ARE stronger…you ARE faster…and you ARE better. That little voice you hear, is the one that says…if you succeed, you need to start expecting more of yourself.
If you pick up this bar and ring that PR bell, then you better start raising your expectations outside the gym as well. You do have quality ideas that need to be shared in the office. You are an amazing parent that your kids look up to and emulate.
So what happens if you fail now?
Nothing, you forget about it and re-focus. Maybe you try again and maybe you re-focus your efforts. You have to risk failure in order to get anywhere in this life. Stop being afraid of your own ability to succeed. It is not the failure that you are worried about, you are afraid of what comes after your succeed. You are afraid to think of NEW goals and NEW ways to challenge yourself. You enjoy the comfort of where you are at.
It’s time to get uncomfortable, forget the fear, forgot about failing and embrace the power of your own success!
Be awesome, be better and go ring that bell!