Challenge vs Success
Have you thought that you cannot do something? It’s impossible or too difficult? Have you looked back at yourself and realised what you have actually achieved over time? We will often look back and think, if I knew then, what I know now, how different life may have been?
The key here is reflection. What we think is possible becomes reality if we think we can do it! We rise to the challenge and create success. The keys to the success door are many and varied. Firstly, we do need to believe we are capable of the test, if not the end result. Success is rarely a sudden change or happening out-of-the-blue. It’s often the last few steps we all see and think little of all the work that will have gone in before. The first few steps may be purposeful or unconscious, but when we realise the seemingly impossible, the path we may have trod is often a logical one. Even if that path was not thought out as the means to an end.
Over a year ago, we opened a gym, probably the toughest adventure that Jill and I have ever embarked on. Success as we want it has not happened yet! We’ll keep working towards it and make it happen. Patience is everything just now. Our success though, is that of our clients and the culture we wish to build within the whole building. We have several clients who would never have ventured into a gym environment; they have never thought that lifting would be their thing. Yet here they are, lifting heavy, feeling great and having plenty of fun along the way.
Our members are a diverse group. All ages, sizes and experiences. Their goals and ambitions are equally as diverse. Some enjoy classes, some the challenges set before them, others have very specific goals around performance for sport.
Understanding what drives you and have an idea of what you need to do to get there is important. It will help you create a plan. What you need to do and when is important. That can be our challenge, as trainers and coaches, to help you get to where you want to be. There are often big handfuls of reality thrown in there too! We will often create a ‘Plan B, C, D etc…. as plans rarely survive first contact. We do this to understand where we may have gone wrong or to just adapt to circumstances. See, we are being reflective AGAIN!
‘What if’ can stop us in our tracks if we allow it to, but it should also (and should) help us cope and prepare for failure and how to overcome it moving forward. Therefore, the challenge of what we seek can be far more powerful to us than the result. It’s an interesting thought? I know of several Forces types who have been through some of the toughest selection and recruitment processes t
here are; The success of a Green Beret or Pilots Brevet have been about the process as much as the end result. This may not be apparent at the time to those individuals. Let’s be honest, both of those achievements are up there with top mental and physical challenges you can achieve. But once awarded, you enter the pool of professionals at the bottom. That is when your learning and application of skills really come to the test!
The training prepares you for the challenges of what success brings you, if that makes sense? So, for us success is fleeting, the challenge is perpetual – what next!
If you would like to join the clan at Forty Four and see what we can offer, get in touch and we’ll be happy to show you around and help you achieve your heath and fitness goals!