S8Ep2 - Hard Won Wisdom: Decades in the Arena - Fear & Failure; Success & Excitement

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Failure arrives unexpectedly on the longer road to greatness and self-improvement. Any meaningful pursuit will come with low points and mistakes. Niki & Gillian discuss approaching and dealing with failure, injuries, low points, and mistakes.

We need to enjoy our pursuits--even if we don’t enjoy every minute of them. If PRs are the only thing keeping us in the gym, we’ll reach a point when we’re not hitting PRs. During these times, we need to enjoy what we’re doing, maintain the habit, and learn from the difficulties. Also, be thankful that you can lift in the first place.

Similarly, goals can sometimes get in the way--enjoy the process, do the work, improve your form, and learn. Goals too often come from other people or from our prior selves.

They discuss keeping a training log and some of the helpful things you can record in your log.

Have people you look up to and emulate the things you respect in them--not their achievements, but the habits that brought their achievements.

They discuss distancing yourself from your performance--from your PRs, from being wrapping your identity up too much in something that might not last or that you do. When it comes to your social media presence, think about representing your account. Don’t be embarrassed if you’re injured and lifting less than you used to--your showing a part of training that too often isn’t shown by fitness figures.

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