Everyone loves a good comeback story. But when we’re at that pivotal point — the point where we transform defeat into victory — our comeback hinges on the intensity with which we lean into our discomfort. We have to get pissed. Fed up. Over it. We have to give up on caring and double up on doing.
Comeback heroes know what they’re up against. They know enough to know what didn’t work the last time, and they proceed anyway. With doubled down intensity. And my guess is we love a comeback because we know it has tangible, transformative power in it. It has history of failure, history of defeat, history of heartbreak — but history be damned, we get our butt back in the game anyway and make change happen.
Think a comeback doesn’t have incredible power in it? Consider this comeback kid:
He grew up poor. He failed at two businesses and had a nervous breakdown. Went into politics, lost when he ran for Congress, lost twice for the Senate and lost when he was the vice presidential candidate. Then he was elected President of the United States and changed the course of this country’s history forever because he was Abraham Lincoln.
Maybe it’s an irresponsible stretch to say that Lincoln was “over it,” but to some extent, he was over failing. He was over doing it the same way he had done it before. He knew failure, and so he knew better.
See, failure doesn’t take you away from your story — it is your story. Ever feel like you can’t last another second in plank, like you can’t possibly push harder when your trainer asks you to fight for it, like you’ve been away from bari for so long that you couldn’t possibly get back into it now? Those moments of discomfort are your fitness story. Your happiness begins with choosing a healthy body — one that doesn’t accept defeat.
If you’re not there at this moment, it’s time to get pissed. It’s time to get fed up. You heard me, it’s time for a comeback. Do it differently this time: get a coach, start private training just once a month, sign up for classes ahead of time so you have no choice and nail every single workout during bootcamp week.
This moment is not taking away from your story — this moment is your story.
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