By: Scott Gaczorek| Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky
Life has it’s ups and downs. It’s successes and failures. But getting inspired and setting yourself up for success early on in life will be one of the most important things you do for yourself, or instill in your children. Now a days, there are so many different places to look for inspirations. The internet being one of the largest platforms to find fitness, work and life inspiration and motivation. From Instagram to Pinterest and all that’s in between, there’s a plethora of material out there dedicated to helping you move throughout your journey.
Even when the inspiration is there it’s still hard to get the momentum going. Whether it’s your previous failures that are holding you back or your fear of the future, the best thing to do is push forward no matter what. Sure, you’re successes are great but it’s your failures or not doing as well as you wanted that will shape you as a person.
Get Inspired and Set Yourself up for Success
“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100%.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
What does failure do to one’s life? Does it turn into fear of not being able to overcome obstacles, or does it turn into inspiration and help set yourself up for success?
The power of the conscious mind, based on previous experiences and our thoughts, shape our future. As we look back in our lives, we see the impact of the decisions we’ve made has brought us to this very moment.
Every experience is a learning one, and it’s up to us whether it’s positive or negative. Resisting change is predominate in failure, because you’re not allowing the experience to tune your senses, and to raise your state of awareness to become a greater version of yourself.
It can be easy to get discouraged when life gets you down, but true character is defined by going through failures and hardships, blood, sweat, and tears. Then, and only then, gratitude for the experience is fulfilled.
Failure has a negative stigma in our lives because we “did not succeed,” when in actuality, it should be seen as a positive thing, because at least you’re trying! Learning from failure is what makes you stronger. You may not always win every battle that life throws at you, but you can’t be afraid to take risks or fail.
When it comes to fitness, we’ve all been tested, both physically and mentally. Work can set us back, injuries can set us back, even our own minds can set us back! Many of us just go through “the motions,” sometimes not even knowing why we’re doing it in the first place. That in and of itself is failing without a plan.
Thorough planning and goal setting can help prevent you from “falling out” of a routine. Setting up structure in your life leads to success. Just like in anything in life, you must have a plan to take you where you need to go. You must be one with your mind and body to truly test yourself and push through failure to succeed!
Going to the gym on a regular basis can help you surround yourself with driven people and get inspired to boost your own drive. I see people constantly changing their lives for the better, which pushes me to keep trying to change myself for the better.
Finding My Own Success
Being an ice hockey player most my life, I’ve had many injuries and have failed many times. Not only was I trusted to score the game-winning or tying goal, but also to be a captain my teammates could look up to. Each failure took me to a higher level because I wanted to succeed that much more. I wanted to become the best player I could be.
My senior year of high school was my last year of competitive hockey. I led my league in hits, face-off wins and was ranked in the top five fastest skaters in the league. But one week before the biggest test in my hockey career, I popped my hand in a division rival game and ended my season early. I lost my chance to play in college and juniors.
Life after hockey has been rewarding. This experience taught me that when I make my mind up and put in dedication, I’ll be great at succeeding at anything I do and that with each failure, I’ll be that much closer to my goal.
How do you get inspired? Are you setting yourself up for success?