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Rethinking Failure

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When I first started working out, I was beyond excited.

I mean, here were these things called “dumbbells” and “barbells” that had the ability to physically change the shape of my body. Crazy sh!t.

I was more pumped than a white guy wearing a TapOut shirt who just drank a RedBull. Except I’m not white.

And I don’t wear TapOut shirts.

And I don’t drink RedBull.

But my first 5 years of working out, I never really got great results.

This was mostly because I was jumped between workouts every 2 weeks…. ….and could never stay motivated enough to stick with anything for more than 2 weeks.

As you can imagine, not the greatest combination.

My first 5 years looked something like this:

workout failure

Not too fun…

So how did I get over it, and finally transform my body?

Sure I could say I stopped eating so much crap.

Or I could give some cliche “I just wanted it bad enough” motivational speech with Hans Zimmer music playing in the background.

But here’s the truth:

I let myself fail.

Sounds sexy, I know.

And not just in the “Oh I screwed up my diet, let’s start next Monday” sense.

So every time I failed, it was no longer a set back.

Instead, it was a necessary step to grow and come closer to my goals.

If I binged on 5000 calories worth of ice cream and gummy worms, sure I would feel bad afterwards…

…But I also knew that this was an opportunity for me to analyze my the triggers/habits that caused the binge eating.

So next time, I can adapt .

So the next time you screw up, ask yourself these 2 questions:

1. Why did you fail? 
2. What can you do to improve next time?

Missing a workout or having one bad day of eating isn’t the end of the world.

It’s how you react to the setbacks that will ultimately determine your success.

Every dip you rise from brings you one step closer:

fitness progression dip shit

 

When you flip failure on its head and view it as a necessary stepping stone to success, everything changes.

For those of you struggling to transform your body, maybe the problem isn’t that you keep failing.

Maybe you just haven’t failed enough.

While I 100% agree that failure is necessary to getting long term results, you don’t need to be stupid about it.

Don’t follow BS diets, take scammy supplements, and train recklessly just in the name of failure.

You should still follow a solid training and nutrition plan from the get go.

And luckily you don’t need to suffer for 5 years like me and can have a rock-solid routine from the start with Superhero Shredding 2.0.

Shawn W - December 14, 2016

I think the best way to motivate yourself is to think why you want to accomplish your goals. Think about what you want with the results….your fitness goals….write them down. Maybe you want to build muscles, maybe you want to meet some girls, maybe you want to get in shape, maybe you just want to be healthy, maybe you want to be better at your sport, etc. If you don’t want it bad enough you are not going to be motivated and when it gets hard you’ll quit.

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