We know that there will always be roadblocks, obstacles, and challenges on our journey to self-improvement, and chasing our goals. Some are bigger than others, and at times, these setbacks can have the opportunity to completely derail us from our path, and force us to take a step back to evaluate how bad we truly want something. Sometimes, uncontrollable and unforeseen circumstances occur, that force us to change course completely, but we must also know that we ALWAYS have an option, and a choice on which direction to go.
We believe that you should never quit, but simply shift: shift your goal, shift your perspective, shift your mindset, and keep on moving forward.
In episode 20 of the @liveperformcompete podcast, Ed talks about his experiences with overcoming his injuries, and how they affected his goals as an athlete. He talks about the 5 stages of grief:
We all go through this journey in some shape or form, some of us spend longer in some stages, and some of us never overcome some stages. It is important to recognise which stage you are in, and to actively find ways to reach acceptance. In the end, especially with an injury, there is nothing that can be done to go back in time and undo what has been done, so the quicker we get to accepting what has occurred, the quicker we can move on from it and find the opportunity.
If you have encountered a road block, we encourage you not to quit – all you need to do is to create a new goal, to find a new purpose, and to find the positives in what has happened.
Start with creating a new goal, because if we have a goal, it is much easier to work towards something. Then, make a plan: You still need structure, and to have a clear path on how you are going to achieve that goal. Most importantly, spend time with yourself, and invest time in getting to know and understand what has happened, and what you can do about it. Then, find people to guide you and support you – life is easier surrounded by good people.
Lastly, don’t compare your current self to your past self – you have a clean slate, and a new opportunity to be a new person. There is no point dwelling on the past of who you used to be / what you used to do. Find the new you, and work towards being the best version of yourself, with what you have.