February 22

A Setback Is A Setup For Comeback


My Setback

Over the past 6 months, I’ve reduced my weightlifting regimen to zero. I’ve instead substituted it with a full-body calisthenics routine I do 3 days a week. My routine includes dips, pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, and a few other exercises. Unfortunately, I’ve encountered a setback.

Until about midway through January things were going great. I’ve lost weight, I feel stronger, and I’m more energetic than I have been in years. Next thing I know, one morning I woke up in a lot of pain. My right shoulder was throbbing alongside a pain shooting up the right side of my neck.

For me, this was a sign something was wrong and I had to get it looked at. After getting my right shoulder x-rayed, the doctor told me there is an abnormality and they would like for me to get an MRI done.

In the meantime, they’ve prescribed me a low dose of aspirin and some muscle rub. This has reduced the pain, but I still haven’t been able to get to full strength just yet.

The Setup

Here is what is most important about this ordeal, I am not going to allow this setback to ruin me. I’m going to keep pushing forward. This is the first week in about 7 months I haven’t been able to do my workout routine. I’ve learned just because I can’t do everything I was doing prior to my injury there is still plenty I can do.

There are stretches, rehab movements, and lower body exercises I can still utilize in the meantime. I refuse to resign myself to a chair and do nothing until my shoulder is better.

Instead, numerous ideas have flooded my mind as to what I can do until my shoulder heals. I’m not broken or impaired. I’m just under construction and repair. My new focus is getting the muscles around my shoulder stronger to better prevent this type of injury in the future.

Conclusion (The Comeback)

This isn’t the time for me to doubt myself and resign to forever being unfit. I have a goal in mind for this year and I plan to accomplish it. My injury has caused me to slow down, but it will not stop me.

When you have a goal you want to accomplish realize that everything will not go your way. You will have setbacks. Goals are meant to challenge you to new and greater heights. That is the purpose of a goal!

I’ve made the decision to get into the best shape of my life this year and it hasn’t been smooth sailing. This is a minor setback to me getting what I want. But remember this, a setback is a setup for a comeback! Everything happens for a reason and I won’t allow this to get in the way of my ultimate goal of becoming my healthiest self.

In the same light, you shouldn’t allow your setbacks to take the focus off of your main objective. You get out of life what you are willing to put into it. With that said, don’t give up when an obstacle gets in your way.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” -Allen Saunders

When has life gotten in the way of your goals or plans? How do you come back from that situation? Leave a comment below.


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