“There is not one way that works for everyone. Work on self-awareness and mindful presence to zone in on what is and isn’t working for you.”
― Akiroq Brost
This particular post will focus on fitness, but it can definitely be applied to other aspects of life. I’ll keep it short so feel free to breeze through this, and hopefully, you can take something away from this!
I remember when I first starting working out, I would read up on fitness tips and diet advice through countless articles, and watch even more YouTube videos from my favorite bodybuilders. I would soak up all that information and apply it to my workouts the following day. Although a good portion of what I learned was beneficial to my overall training, I didn’t realize the most important factor:
Everyone is unique.
For example, my initial goal was to have big arms, as I just liked the idea of having biceps that could tear apart the sleeves of your shirt. One fitness YouTuber I followed recommended that the best way to grow your arms was through heavy compound movements, such as bench press, military press, barbell rows, etc. He stated that there was no reason to single out your arms for a workout, as you incorporate your arms in those compound movements anyways. So, I followed this approach for a whole year, and while I did get stronger, my arms didn’t grow at the rate I wanted them to.
This was the first time when I realized:
You need to figure out what works best for yourself. Do not blindly follow what other people are saying, even if they appear to be knowledgable in that respective field.
This was when I began to experiment a lot more with my workout routines. After years of trial and error, I finally found the routine that best suited my body. Please note that those years involved a lot of time wasted due to attempting exercises that ended up not benefiting me in any way. However, I see it as a positive, as I wouldn’t have been able to find the right workout routines without figuring out what I was doing wrong first.
I wish I could’ve been more aware of these things when I first started lifting weights, but I guess that’s the beauty of learning and growing as a person. It is important that you figure out how your body reacts to different exercises, as it is really up to you to realize what’s working and what isn’t. After all, it is your body, and no one knows it better than you do! (except your doctor possibly, haha)
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” — CS Lewis
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this doesn’t just apply to fitness. It could be something as simple as listening or not listening to music when studying, and seeing which method helped you obtain better grades.
I’m sure that in all walks of life, you will come across obstacles where you will need to fail in order to find the right path for yourself. As long as you keep pushing towards your goals, every failure will be a life lesson that can ultimately lead you in the right direction.