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Unlock the Power of Perseverance: 4. Don't let past failures upset you


Failure at some point in your exercise endeavor is inevitable. Trust me on this one; it's bound to happen.

Have you ever started an exercise program and after only a short time given up? The very reason you are reading this book is because it probably happened to you. If this is true, don't worry about it, just get over it.

This goes back to what we were talking about earlier in the chapter. Maybe you failed at exercise in the past and have a fear that by starting over it will happen again. Ask yourself why you think you failed. Was it that you got bored with it and lost motivation? Maybe you felt too intimidated. Possibly it was because you didn't know what to do and as a result saw no progress.

Any of these can be reasons for failure. If it's happened to you, don't despair.

In order to persevere and make exercise a lifelong activity you need to put any failures aside and try again. Take the advice from Charles J. Givens when he said, "Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction." At least this time you are armed with the material from this book to help out. Remember this: you are only a failure when you give up.