The fear of failure can be paralyzing, and sometimes we let that fear control us. Failure isn’t something you should be afraid of, because it means that you’ve tried. Instead of sitting out to avoid failure, take a chance. Don’t just believe in your ability to accomplish the task, but also that you will be able to deal with failure and work past it. You may not find the outcome that you hoped for, but you should be proud of yourself for getting up and trying. When you conquer your paralyzing fear, some amazing things can happen whether you ‘succeed’ or not. You will find an incredible freedom and confidence when you are about to feel the fear and do it anyway.
Game Plan: Exercise should be a fun and regular part of a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes it turns into something that we’re afraid of failing at. It may not be the typical fear that comes to mind, but we can feel like we’ve failed if we sleep in and don’t have time to go to the gym in the morning, or if we get off track and miss a week of ‘scheduled exercise’. But you don’t have to follow a strict fitness schedule or join an expensive gym to make activity a part of your life. Ride your bike or walk to work, park further from the entrance, take the stairs, sign up for intramural sports. When you make exercise a regular part of your schedule, it becomes a part of your lifestyle rather than an overwhelming chore to keep up with. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t schedule (fun) exercise into your day, but that even doing something is better than nothing. Whatever it is, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.