What do you do when you feel like a failure at exercise and weight loss? You probably kick yourself - which would be great if you could actually count that as a calorie-burning exercise. You may wallow in your ineptitude, comforting yourself with something warm and creamy (ice cream? Mac and cheese?) - After all, will a few more calories really make a difference now? You may even decide to give up altogether because, really, what's the point if you're only going to fail again?
Fear of failure is something we all experience and it can be paralyzing...so much so that you find yourself unable to move forward at all. However, failure isn't really the problem...it's our reaction to it. There's the endless cycle of 'I-suck' and the feeling that, if you already suck, why not abandon everything that is healthy and good so you can just suck all the way?
Or maybe your reaction is to not just blame yourself, but to blame everyone else too. Your boss, for example, who might as well be a prison warden. Or your spouse, perhaps, who continually sabotages you by making fun of your weight loss efforts.
The thing is, the only way you'll ever reach your goals is move forward in spite of your fears, an idea I discuss in detail in my latest article, Overcoming Your Fear of Exercise Failure. I've also included some ideas for getting past those failures which, unfortunately, do not include ice cream or mac and cheese.
What do you think? How do you react to your failures? Do you ever feel so paralyzed by your fear of failing again that you stay stuck? Leave a comment and tell us about your fear of failing.