Sunday, July 8, 2018

How Can You Deal With Setbacks Outside Of Your Control.

I was inspired to write this post based off of a challenge I am currently going through.  Last week I ended up getting a stomach virus and being completely sick for one day.  Movement of any kind felt like running a marathon and I ended up vomiting like crazy.

That day I forced myself to have a cup of soup to at least eat something.  The next 2 days I was feeling a little better and good enough to live my regular life but eating was still a struggle.  In those 3 days I ate maybe 1500 calories at the most!

This week I started to notice that I lost about 2 pounds of muscle (or at least that what it looks like).

For me this is a huge setback since my goal is to weigh 135 pounds and be lean (8-12% bodyfat).  Gaining muscle and maintaining it is a very important goal for this year and this setback is kind of discouraging me if I am going to be completely honest.

I feel as if the last month of lifting has been a complete waste because of this one situation.  Although, chances are that I will end up gaining that muscle back pretty fast and most likely it wont be a big deal like I am making it out to be.  But either way right now I am discouraged from it.
How to deal with a setback in your life
How can this help you?

Maybe you are currently dealing with a situation outside of your control that is a huge hurdle in your life right now.  Whether its big or small it can have a huge impact on your life and how you move forward from here on.  Every situation can either be dealt with by retreating or by using that challenge as motivation.

As an example, like I stated above, I am discouraged from losing muscle, but what I didn't mention is that it also is giving me motivation to go a little harder on my workouts to not only gain the muscle back that I lost but to put on even more muscle and push myself to the limits more often while working out.

The mindset you must have if you want to get through the setback you are going through, is that you aren't going to fall victim to it.  Believe me I could sit and complain all day that I lost some muscle since last week, plus I am a hard gainer so it will take me even longer to gain back the muscle and weigh 135 by December!

Or I can make that setback my bitch!  I can grab my setback by the balls and use it to my advantage.  I can push through when I want to give up!

And guess what?  You can do the same!  Whatever your setback is right now, how can you take it by the balls?  How can you use your setback as a winning opportunity?

Closing thoughts

What are you going through right now that is a huge hurdle for you?  Instead of using it as an excuse to give up, how can you use it as motivation to not only keep going, but bygoing even harder than before?

Take 5 minutes to write down 5 ways that you can use this challenge to fuel your fire and do even better in life than your were before!

Thank you so much for reading, as always,
Make the best of today,


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