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Are You Afraid to Fail?

By Eddie Maresca | In Editorial | on December 3, 2014

What exactly do I mean by that?

We’ve all been there. Whether it was subconsciously or knowingly, we’ve been afraid.

Have you ever been confronted with a task, a job or an exercise that made you feel like you were about to have an anxiety attack? Heart palpitations, cold sweats and walked away from it because it scared the heck out of you? If you have, you made that decision by automatically convincing yourself that you weren’t good enough to accomplish the task at hand.

I have a little anecdote that will provide some insight on how to handle these situations when they present themselves. In the 4 years as a high school athlete, I’ve encountered numerous occasions where I’ve been afraid of failure.

It was my junior year in high school when I decided to no longer sit back and just watch my friends play football each week without me. I wanted to be part of the football team. I admired the very strong bond between the athletes on the team. However, I felt like something was holding me back, and kept me from becoming part of this experience. Why didn’t I play or join the team before? There were a few reasons. I was afraid of looking stupid. I was afraid of not learning the plays. I was afraid of getting hurt. I was afraid of not being good enough. I was afraid of not being liked by my coaches. Plainly said: I was afraid to fail.

I overcame my fear of failure with the support of my friends and family who inspired me to move forward and look past my self-doubts. They reminded me that being afraid was keeping me from what I truly wanted. In life, we are constantly faced with potential failure, but there’s also another side of the coin. If we pour all our efforts into working towards a goal, we are far more likely to succeed and have a favorable outcome. Fear is merely an unwarranted hurdle that stands between our goals and ultimate success.

Admittedly, it took a lot of courage when I joined the team. Motivation finally gave me strength to be part of a team. It allowed me to focus on what was most important to me. Goals were attainable and success was around the corner.

To this day, I find this story to be one of many my many great personal achievements. It taught me a lot about myself and increased my self-confidence. I am good enough to be part of the team; I am capable of remembering the plays. In my senior year, I was rewarded with “all county” lineman; I was more than “good enough”.

 

A great story, but how can I apply it to my fitness life?

First, start thinking about what your fitness goals are. Do you want to loose a few pounds to fit into your wedding dress? Or do you want to improve your strength and endurance in order to compete in the next obstacle course race (i.e. Spartan)? Maybe you want to get back in shape because you’ve indulged a little too much on the free pizza and doughnuts at the office?

CrossFit is the perfect way of reaching any of these goals. With self-discipline, dedication and a clear vision ahead, you will achieve your goal no matter what that may be. Don’t be afraid, and certainly don’t be afraid to fail. CrossFit is for everyone regardless of current fitness level.

If you have any doubts about becoming a successful CrossFit athlete, call us (201-503-6320) or email us. We want to provide you with the same support that my friends and family gave me when I wanted to join my high school football team. Become part of the CrossFit Secaucus community today.

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