FEEL THE DIFFERENCE: Don’t be afraid to fail

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How is your training? I do hope you’re still enjoying it and didn’t find the last challenge too tough. Fun, friends and achieving set goals are all good motivators which help you maintain your training and achieve your final goal.

Don’t forget though, it can be very disheartening if you have a big goal to aim for and it seems to be taking a long time to make any headway. My tip is to set smaller goals in the early stages to help keep you motivated. It’s a lovely feeling when you achieve your first goal and before you know it you will be setting goals 3 and 4.

When you achieve your final goal you don’t have to stop of course. Keep going with a maintenance programme or set a new goal. I’m going to leave this section with a question. Only you can answer it truthfully: Are you motivated to ‘win’ or are you motivated to ‘not fail’?

There is a difference. Those who are motivated to win will do more to achieve their goal and those who are motivated to not fail may set their target lower in order to ensure they don’t fail to achieve it. The latter may result in you not realising your full potential.

I’m not trying to push you into something you don’t want to do but if you think you could achieve more then why not give it a try? In my 22 years as a Personal Trainer I have surprised many clients with my philosophy “Failure Is Good” – I know that if a person has tried their hardest and ‘fails’ to do any more then he or she has worked hard and realised their greatest achievement. I can’t ask for more.

For those who have started or are returning to exercise, how are you doing? If you joined a gym or new fitness class don’t give up and if you tried any (or all) of the squats challenges how did you get on?

With the New Year speeding its way towards us we will almost certainly be thinking of New Year resolutions and I suspect that exercise will be high on the agenda for many people. Don’t wait for January, do it now.

I shall be doing a Nordic Walking class at Willingham Woods between Christmas and the New Year so let me know if you would like to join me. I have also been making enquiries about starting a Nordic Walking class in Horncastle so that may also be of interest to you. For those who don’t know me, I’m an internationally registered Gymstick Nordic Walking Master Instructor with quite a few years experience so you can be sure that I can cater for all abilities.

Nordic Walking has gained a reputation for being a gentle sport which is suitable for the over 50’s.

That is true but its origins stem from the cross country skiers who needed some off season training – so, as you can probably guess, Nordic Walking has the potential to be a ‘huge’ workout. Whatever level you fit in to, I can adapt the class accordingly to give you a good workout.

If you would like me to provide a class for your charity event please let me know. I hope to be talking more about fitness and charities in the New Year.