• Ryan Fontaine

Failing Forward

"Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson

The fact is, we all make mistakes. What we learn from these mistakes, how we adapt and push forward is what matters.

Mistakes and failures hurt but provide a lot of teaching moments. Frankly, failure is the only way we can improve ourselves.

You tried to hit a new one rep max at the gym but got stuck and failed.

Maybe you set out to lose 10 lbs in one month but but didn't do it.

You can make excuses, or you can examine what happened, re-focus and try again. Progress is never linear, there are going to be bumps along the way. The bumps or failures create awareness and an opportunity to implement change. This doesn't equate to you being a failure, it simply means you didn't execute optimally in that moment or you didn't set the right expectations.

The key to failing, is to do so quickly. You need to be willing to move on quickly in order to create and maintain positive progress.

Clients often stress about a bad meal, snack or day of eating when it comes to their nutrition. Or that they weren't able to workout and are worried that they're not off-setting their caloric intake.

These road bumps happen to best of us, however getting back on track is one good meal, snack or workout away. The cumulative effect of small decisions over time is what produces an outcome. For example, consistently having bad meals, snacks, etc. will add up and prevent you from reaching your weight loss goals. Similarly, if you repeatedly don't focus on what caused you to fail your one-rep attempt (i.e. technique, warm-up, etc.), and simply hope for the best - you will fail again.

Learn to move on quickly, learn from the sting of your mistakes and focus on a path forward to your goals. If you need help in doing so, we're here for you!

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