Setbacks. We all have them. They can be either minor or major, but they always in some way change the trajectory of our lives. Personally, I have just had a major one. I unfortunately caught a pretty serious illness whilst I was living interstate with no family around and one close friend. I won’t lie; it was a pretty scary time. I felt as vulnerable as I’ve probably ever felt, and for almost a week, was unsure what I actually had, or just how serious it was. I spent a lot of time alone in a quarantined hospital room, with all kinds of thoughts running through my head. It gave me a lot of time to think about decisions that I’d made and more importantly, what was actually important to me.
Fast-forward 6 weeks to now and I see that period as a blessing in disguise. The thing about major setbacks, or even minor one’s, is they give you an opportunity to reset yourself and remember what is truly important to you, as well as resetting your goals. For me, this was the best thing that came out of it. Long story short, I proceeded to move back home, find a new job doing what I love and to a lesser extent, change my health and fitness goals.
For you reading this, I’m sure there’s a reason that you’re in the gym. For 99% of people it goes deeper than ‘I want to look good’. Most of the time, there has been a turning point or an event where you’ve made the decision to begin training towards a goal. This is the beauty of a setback. It can lead to changes that are going to create a better you. They can strengthen your mind and increase your motivation ten fold, and actually force you to make yourself better.
So if you are currently experiencing a setback, or encounter one in the future, I would suggest you do a few things. First of all think about what’s truly important to you in your life and make it a priority going forward. Cut out all the negativity and small stuff that at the end of the day, doesn’t bring anything good to your life. If this setback is fitness related, be it an injury or illness, you can still do the same thing. Remember why you started in the first place and never let your mind waiver from this. Ask yourself, ‘Was I doing everything I could have to achieve this?’. If the answer is no, change some things or ask for help so you aren’t wasting your time and you can get to your goal as quickly as possible.
What I’ve written here is nothing you wouldn’t have heard before and may seem pretty basic. But I can assure you that if you commit to resetting yourself, training your mindset and finding that inner drive and motivation, only good things will come from any setback you may have. Personally, I did all of these things and I’m the happiest I’ve been for a long long time and everything now, work related, gym related and things in my personal life are all gathering forward momentum on the back of positive thinking and positive action.
If you see me around the gym, and you are experiencing a setback or lacking motivation to move forward etc. come up to me and I’d be happy to sit down with you and have a chat! The gym can be an amazing tool to get you out of any negative period, so lean on it and don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. I can guarantee you that you won’t be the only one going through something!