Face the Brutal Facts
Mar 05, 2019
Sometimes I screw up. Here's what happened:
I recently received a message from a client whom a consider to be a dear friend. She has made incredible progress in our program. She ran into some unique and challenging injuries that we (and some expert physical therapists!) had to work through. In the midst of that she was prohibited from doing cardio exercises, as they may have aggravated her injury.
I told her our workout schedule for the month so that she could come to the strength focused days and keep making baby steps forward in her progress. Then we made a last minute change to the workout schedule and I forgot to tell her about it. She showed up to a cardio day and was crushed. We had a brief conversation and she left, head hung low.
I felt awful.
I wanted to make that up to her, and I did. But those moments after she left the studio were some of the most important that she experienced that year. Here's the message she just sent me regarding that situation:
"What you don't know was that "mistake" was the beginning of my recovery. When I walked in to the studio and saw the equipment for a cardio day I was crushed - left there defeated and just broke down - not knowing if I would ever be able to do some of the things I had come to love doing. In that moment I committed to doing everything that I could to recover as much as I could. Apparently it worked :)
You felt so badly about mixing up the day - you gave me an hour of your time and expert advice - so appreciated. Just wanted to let you know what you thought was a mistake turned out to provide the motivation I needed. Thank you!"
That sad moment turned into the motivation to turn things around and commit to doing whatever it took to get to a better spot.
It's moments like these that you miss out on if you're not facing the facts on a regular basis. To avoid the brutal facts is to lose an opportunity to change. Nobody likes negative emotions, but they are there for a reason, and can be used as a catalyst to move to a more positive place.
Too often we're willing to trade away the momentary pain defeat and failure. But that pain may be what helps vault you to the next level.
Some people avoid measurement day, refuse to step on the scale after a bad weekend, or push responsibility for their problems onto others. If you know that you do this, the best thing you can do for yourself is to take a deep breath, do the tough thing, and grow through that process.
I promise that if you practice that consistently you'll be amazed at the progress you can make in a year, let alone a lifetime.
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