For many of us on a health and fitness journey, failure serves as a permanent roadblock that stands between us and success. However, at CBT Meets Fitness, we see setbacks as an opportunity to sharpen our skills and become better at what we do. Whether we went off track on the weekend with our diet or sustained an injury, limiting our capabilities in the gym, we do not let failure define us.
We keep failure in a realistic perspective.
We don’t get overly upset when things don’t go as we may have planned. Instead, we keep setbacks in a realistic perspective. We intentionally regulate our thoughts and manage our emotions so we can continue to behave productively, despite the hardships we face.
We practice self-compassion.
Rather than beat ourselves up for not getting it right the first time, we maintain a productive inner dialogue. We talk to ourselves the same way we would speak to a friend—by being compassionate and realistic.
We focus on being grateful.
Instead of becoming upset that our first attempt didn’t work, we choose to be grateful for opportunities we have to try things. Our willingness to look for the silver lining keeps our mood positive as we commit to moving forward.
We respect our weaknesses.
We use failure as an opportunity to spot our weaknesses. Rather than dispute our shortcomings or hide our mistakes, we seek to be “real and authentic”. Our humble, self-aware approach assists us in developing strategies to enjoy our health and fitness journey.
We give credit to our strengths.
Although setbacks give us chances to evaluate our strengths, we acknowledge our positive attributes with daily credit lists. We do not need to brag to others about our characteristics or achievements. Instead, we are able to simply recognize what we do well so we can build upon our existing strengths.
We create a plan to become better.
We view failure as part of the long road to success. We turn each setback into an opportunity to gather more information. Armed with more knowledge, we create a plan to try again.
Build Mental Strength
Building mental strength is very similar to building physical strength. You can perform exercises and develop healthy habits—and give up your unproductive habits—to build mental muscle every day. The stronger you grow, the more likely you’ll be to turn your next setback into your biggest comeback.
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